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Verbal communication important when interviewing for San Antonio jobs

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Verbal communication is very important when it comes to interviewing for San Antonio jobs, among other locations, according to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

In assessing such skills, employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey deemed verbal communication skills as the most important, rating it slightly above teamwork  and the ability to make decisions and solve problems, the two skills that tied for the top spot last year. (See Figure 1.)

While the remainder of the list has not changed at all in terms of order compared to last year, more of the skills/qualities were rated just below 4.0 (“very important”) than last year. Just two skills/qualities were rated below 4.0 last year—ability to create and/or edit written reports and the ability to sell or influence others.

While those two remain at the bottom of this year’s list, they are joined by technical knowledge related to the job and proficiency with computer software programs with ratings under 4.0.

Results of the annual Job Outlook survey—especially employer insight into the skills they seek in new college graduate job candidates—served as one of the foundation pieces upon which NACE constructed its Career Readiness Competencies.

While employers typically look first for evidence that the candidate has the requisite knowledge to perform a job and has some level of proficiency—often indicated by major and GPA for new college graduates—they also seek key skills that enable workers to use their knowledge effectively in the workplace.