What Employers Want

Candidate Skills and Qualities

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities:

5-point scale: 1=Not important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important

  • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization: 4.63
  • Ability to work in a team structure: 4.62
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems: 4.49
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work: 4.41
  • Ability to obtain and process information: 4.34
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data: 4.21
  • Technical knowledge related to the job: 3.99
  • Proficiency with computer software programs: 3.86
  • Ability to create and/or edit written reports: 3.60
  • Ability to sell or influence others: 3.55

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Survey done by NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers