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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on September 5, 2017

The short answer is both are needed to be a truly competitive candidate.  If you are technically skilled but unable or unwilling to behave in a professional manager, you are not a candidate that is attractive to most employers.  If you are very professionally polished, but have no technical skills, and they are required for the role, you may get hired if the employer feels that these can be taught, but you will not be as competitive as someone with the complete package. 

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Answered by Alyssa, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on November 9, 2017

Employers do look for both, depending on the position you are applying to.  Companies in today's world are consistently changing and adapting to the newest technology.  I feel it is important to show your professional skills from the start in your interview.  Let the company know that you are adaptable,  able to wok with others, and willing to learn and grow within a company.  Once you express that you can begin to show the company those technical skills you possess or that you can easily learn those technical skills.  

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Answered by Katie, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on February 21, 2018

In my opinion it depends on the role.  For engineers, the technical skills might be more important than the professional skills whereas a human resources/client facing role, the professional skills are more important.  I think each has a place in the company and role, but the degrees are mostly based on the role itself.  Look at the type of position you are interviewing for and that should help decide what might be most important to address in the interview.  Both technical and professional skills are addressed in most interviews since both are important to interviewers.

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