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Taking the time to assess these soft skills will result in candidates that not only have the hard skills needed to perform the work, but also the people skills and emotional intelligence needed to navigate the interpersonal elements that are inherent to so many jobs. Depending on who you ask, soft skills can even be considered more critical to success in a job, at least at first. Hard skills are able to be taught, to be trained, as long as the individual has the willingness and capacity to learn them. Soft skills are often harder to make adjustments to, as people become set in their ways in terms of personality and other personal habits.