Professional and Interpersonal Skills in Business

Posted by Heba Asaad on January 12, 2016


When it comes to hiring the right people for the job, an important role to look for are their skills. Each job role has a different skill set that is determined by the company based on market standards. But are there any specific skills required that are common to all jobs? Are employers looking for specific skills versus others?

In the business world, there are a lot of skills required to perform your job. Some can be identified as technical skills, analytical skills, or interpersonal skills. Coming from a software industry, technical skills are the knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as well as other specific tasks. While the interpersonal skills, are the life skills we use every day to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups.

According to a statistical study done by NACE in 2008, over time, communication skills and interpersonal skills are gaining high demand rates among employers.

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In a job are your technical skills really enough or are interpersonal skills highly needed as well?

We might think that just by possessing technical skills we are more productive and qualified, neglecting the importance of our interaction with our surroundings. But Interpersonal Skills are at the centre of leadership, networking and teamwork skills. Vital skills to have in the business world. Working on this key success skill and applying/executing it, will act as a complementary to our technical skills.

Based on an article I recently read on Business Insider “Interpersonal skills are the embodiments of social skills. Entrepreneurs with high social skills interact more effectively with all their constituents. They are able to sense the feelings, motivations and temperaments of others; to enlist support; and negotiate effectively. They love working with people.”

People who have worked on developing strong interpersonal skills are usually more successful in both their professional and personal lives. So all of you who think that being productive and efficient is fully related to technical skills, think twice. You need to be asking yourself if you are emotionally intelligent as well.

A question to ask yourself is: do you think that your technical skills are enough to complete your job or do you think your interpersonal skills help complement your job as well?