• The Skills and Qualities Employers Value Most in Their New Hires


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    DATE:April 24, 2014
    SUBJECT:The Skills and Qualities Employers Value Most in Their New Hires

    BETHLEHEM, PA—When it comes to a job seeker’s skills and qualities, employers recruiting from the college Class of 2014 are looking for candidates who are decisive, can solve problems, are good communicators, and are analytical, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    “Employers want to see in candidates the skills that are necessary to excel in the workplace and help the organization,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE’s executive director.

    Employers responding to the association’s Job Outlook 2014 Spring Update survey rated “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization,” and “ability to obtain and process information” as the most important candidate skills/qualities. (See Figure 1.)

    About the Job Outlook Survey: The Job Outlook survey is a forecast of hiring intentions of employers as they relate to new college graduates. Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys its employer members about their hiring plans and other employment-related issues in order to project the market for new college graduates for the current class and to assess a variety of conditions that may influence that market.

    The survey is conducted in two parts: fall and spring. This release is based on results of the spring survey, which was conducted February 11 – March 26, 2014. The survey was distributed to 1,015 employers holding NACE membership; 161, or 15.9 percent, responded.

    By region, 21.7 percent of respondents are from the Northeast, 28 percent are from the Southeast, 31.7 percent are from the Midwest, and 18.6 percent are from the West.

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit http://www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at http://www.naceweb.org/press-releases.aspx.


The Skills and Qualities Employers Value Most in Their New Hires