Another day another dig at the graduate generation entering the workplace. This time a great article on how graduates are dismissing soft skills as being of importance http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2015/05/21/majority-of-graduates-discount-value-of-soft-skills-finds-survey.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=cipd&utm_campaign=pm_daily&utm_term=350523&utm_content=PM%20Daily%20210515-2545-2286--20150521141443-Majority%20of%20graduates%20discount%20value%20of%20soft%20skills%2C%20finds%20survey . There have been countless studies released about Generation Y over the last 5 years and how there may be problems ahead for the leadership of the company in the next twenty years if such skills, such as communication, are not improved and addressed at an early stage in a person's career. All of this of course leads to an emphasis on hiring people with strong communication skills from the get go. So the graduate recruiters are looking for a lot more than how you sound in an interview, they also want this backed up with evidence using competency questions. The growing lack of empathy in this same generation also is a concern highlighted in the article and those with strong emotional intelligence may be on a faster track to success than those without. All of this will need to be demonstrated at the interview stage if you want to get your first step on the corporate ladder. That is where our graduate interview skills training comes into it's own, because not only will you get the latest training in this area you will work with our Graduate Interview Coach who is a specialist in Ireland and has worked with hundreds of graduates to help them get their first step on the corporate ladder.
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