The key attributes and skills that large companies look for when hiring new candidates according to a study of 200 C-suite leaders are:
>> Work Ethic (60%) and Teamwork (45%) were selected as the most important skills;
>> Over half of professional services (55%) and manufacturing companies (58%) state that Leadership is the most important skill;
>> Only two of the 14 industries polled think that grades are looked upon most favorably by the hiring team and only 12% of CEOs consider grades important.
When interviewing for a leadership role, they would opt for someone who can exemplify Creativity, People Management and Cognitive Flexibility. Most respondents also believe that schools should be teaching students the specific skills they will need in their future careers.