• Job Outlook: The Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    October 2, 2013

    When it comes to the importance of candidate skills/qualities, employers are looking for team players who can solve problems, organize their work, and communicate effectively, according to respondents to NACE’s Job Outlook 2014 survey.

    Survey participants rated “ability to work in a team structure,” “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work,” and “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the most important candidate skills/qualities. These are followed by candidates’ “ability to obtain and process information” and “ability to analyze quantitative data.”

    The least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the “ability to create and/or edit written reports” and the “ability to sell or influence others.”

    NACE collected data for the Job Outlook 2014 survey from its college recruiting professional members from August 5 through September 13, 2013. A total of 208 surveys were returned for a response rate of 19.8 percent. NACE will release the Job Outlook 2014 report in the fall.