This article written by Ronal Alsop on the BBC website is really interesting, pinpointing employers expectations of graduate in their interviews and what they find lacking in answer.
Communication seems to be the big bug bear over the last number of years, and in particular how students communicate experience in a way that demonstrates the skills required for the job. There is also a big disconnect between what the graduates perceive and the employers perception:
In a survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, students and employers clearly didn’t see eye to eye on how well prepared the students were in oral communication (62% of students versus 28% of employers); working with numbers and statistics (55% versus 28%); teamwork (64% versus 37%); applying knowledge and skills to the real world (59% versus 23%); and analysing and solving complex problems (59% versus 24%).
There is a debate on whether employer expectations are too high. Also that the curriculum at college needs to address these issues and ensure students are taught soft skills and other skills required by these demanding employers.
Clare Reed is a leading global expert Interview Coach with over 22 years global interviewing and coaching experience.