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8 Non-Tech Skills IT Pros Need To Succeed

Communication and active listening don't normally come to mind when thinking of top skills for IT pros, but these "soft skills" can make a tremendous difference in building a successful career.
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Dionisio explained how the ability to explain complex information is critical for IT pros. In addition to having the tech skills to perform the job, can you articulate what you're trying to do?
'Most candidates fall on interviews because they haven't been able to explain clearly and concisely to the interviewing panel the technical problems they have faced and how they have gone about solving them,' he said. Employers are looking for candidates who can present a 360-degree view of what they're doing. For example, why they chose a particular design pattern or JavaScript framework.
This is one reason why hiring managers prefer to interview IT pros face-to-face, Dionisio explained. They want to hear how candidates explain their work and answer questions like 'Why are you leaving your current role?' in a professional business setting. If they can't, it's a sign they may not be a good fit.
(Image: AndreyPopov/iStockPhoto)

Analysis And Translation

Dionisio explained how the ability to explain complex information is critical for IT pros. In addition to having the tech skills to perform the job, can you articulate what you're trying to do?

"Most candidates fall on interviews because they haven't been able to explain clearly and concisely to the interviewing panel the technical problems they have faced and how they have gone about solving them," he said. Employers are looking for candidates who can present a 360-degree view of what they're doing. For example, why they chose a particular design pattern or JavaScript framework.

This is one reason why hiring managers prefer to interview IT pros face-to-face, Dionisio explained. They want to hear how candidates explain their work and answer questions like "Why are you leaving your current role?" in a professional business setting. If they can't, it's a sign they may not be a good fit.

(Image: AndreyPopov/iStockPhoto)

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