So when a job specification or recruitment consultant says “AutoCAD a must, Sketch UP required” don’t think that is the only skill you need.

Grasping your verbal communication skills for inside and outside of the company is certainly vital in becoming an integral part of any company and set up.

We at JaK, can advise and give you tips & pointers on how to improve and work on your communication and verbal skills for an interview process, but also when working in a team and office environment. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further with one of the consultants.

You might find the research results below of interest:

According to the research findings of the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), employers say verbal communication is the most important candidate skill.

While employers typically look first for evidence that the candidate has the required 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.

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.

Figure 1: Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities

Skill/Quality Weighted Average Rating
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organisation 4.63
Ability to work in a team structure 4.62
Ability to make decisions and solve problems 4.49
Ability to plan, organise and prioritise work 4.41
Ability to obtain and process information 4.34
Ability to analyse 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

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers
*5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important