Melanie Parker, executive director for global education and career development at MIT, said employers are looking for "soft skills" like leadership ability and teamwork. Jason Luring, senior manager for university relations at Abbott Labs, said his company is one of those employersLuring said Abbott evaluates candidates on interpersonal skills as well as technical prowess: What are their leadership attributes? What are their communication skills like?
David Ong, director of corporate and college recruiting at professional services firm Maximus Inc., said his company prioritizes soft skills because it's harder to teach interpersonal skills than technical knowledge. "Its really difficult to increase their soft skills in a short period of time.