november 12th

  • Soft skills are becoming increasingly important at work.
  • Your interviewer will likely assess your personality and soft skills during theinterview, even if you don't realize it.
  • Questions like "If you were an animal, what would you be and why?" seem frivolous — but they have a purpose.

more emphasis on soft skills, like organization, communication, leadership, initiatives, and the ability to think your feet.

To figure out if candidates possess the soft skills or personality fit that they are looking for, employers will ask questions like the ones outlined below.

"Employers ask this question to evaluate how a candidate views their own professional development," Fleischman said.

He recommended answering with details on how you learn new skills. Emphasize that you're curious and continually learning new things about your profession.

Your interviewer wants to make sure that you're committed to excelling.

So, Fleischman said, "give an example of a time where you went above and beyond the call of duty. This will also help show that you care about the quality of your work."

The purpose of this question is to bring out a sense of honesty and candor in a candidate.

"Learning about what makes an applicant a good friend allows employers to get a better feel for whether or not they would fit in with the company culture," Fleischman said.

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Employers today aren’t necessarily only looking for candidates with the right set of technical skills and years of experience under their belt.

They also want to hire those who also have something unique to offer — like a great personality 0r a strong set of soft skills.

"In fact, if they find a candidate who has less experience than their competition, but has stronger growth potential and seems to be a better cultural fit, the employer may feel encouraged to hire that person," said Edward Fleischman, chief executive officer of Execu Search, a full-service recruitment, temporary staffing, and retained search firm.

In an effort to find new hires that are great cultural fits, employers are putting