What employers really want

While theoretical knowledge and technical skill are important, employers all over the world agree that what they really look for are essential management characteristics when hiring new people. UFV’s project- and team-based model is designed specifically to develop exactly these types of employability skills in its students.

The following list provides an ranked overview of the importance of competencies and skills during the hiring process, most of which cannot be learned from a textbook, and must be developed through practice.

  1. Oral communication
  2. Self-motivation
  3. Problem-solving
  4. Decision-making
  5. Leadership
  6. Human relations
  7. Teamwork
  8. Work experience
  9. Time management
  10. Personal appearance
  11. Written communication
  12. Academic performance
  13. Creativity
  14. Delegation
  15. Multilingual ability

Source: The Nature of Communication: Communicating at Work. McGraw-Hill, 2005. Ronald Adler and Jeanne Elmhorst

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