How to assess soft skills in an IT candidate

IT professionals who possess strong technical and soft skills are highly valued in the marketplace. More and more, team leaders are placing a greater emphasis on candidates who have the right soft skills. And although assessing soft skills can be more challenging than determining a candidate’s technology expertise, it’s worth the extra effort when you consider the potential value to your team and organization.
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John Reed is the Senior Executive Director of Robert Half Technology, a leading specialized staffing firm providing information technology (IT) professionals on a project and full-time basis. In this role, he manages operations for more than 100 Robert Half Technology locations worldwide. The firm places IT professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Prior to this role, he was a District President for Robert Half Technology, overseeing multiple branches in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Memphis and Nashville.

Reed has an extensive background in both IT and staffing, including 13 years in IT product sales and over 16 years in the staffing industry.

Reed is a frequently quoted expert on employment trends in the IT field, and has been featured in various media and research outlets including Gartner, Computerworld, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fox News. He has also been involved in several professional organizations, including IAMCP, The Association of IT Professionals (AITP) and a featured speaker for HDI both locally and nationally. He received a bachelor's of arts degree in public affairs and administration from the University of Oklahoma.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of John Reed and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.