Developing Interpersonal Skills Employers Value

In today’s workplace, well developed interpersonal skills or ‘soft skills’ are equally as important as technical abilities.

In a professional environment communication is key. Between management and employees, interpersonal skills can make or break the team and prove vital in personal career development.

During an interview setting, employers often look for applicants with strong interpersonal skills. They want to see a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively, work successfully in a team and show they have the commitment necessary for the role they are applying for.

One of the best ways to ensure you have solid interpersonal skills for the professional world is to practise these in everyday life. Many careers involve constant interaction with other people, both within and out with the organisation.

It is important to develop your interpersonal skills throughout your career. This means when it comes to emphasising your skills on your application, CV or covering letter you can always provide strong examples of how you have used these skills.

Work Ethic

Having a strong work ethic is key to all working environments. Offering professionalism and respect to colleagues and your commitment to the business through dependability are all indicators of a strong work ethic.


Solid communication and relationships between co-workers enables a business to thrive, meet deadlines and exceed goals. Developing your communication skills can happen through a variety of activities, from giving presentations to writing reports.

Being receptive to feedback

Listening to feedback can be crucial to help you develop personally and professionally. Taking criticism on board can help you to improve your productivity and performance. When faced with criticism, consider how you can incorporate this into your personal development.


Working well as a team will bring a positive outcome for clients and the business. Cooperation and respect are vital when working collaboratively with your team.

Enthusiasm towards working as part of a team is important to employers, meaning you can compromise and work effectively to deliver exceptional work


Demonstrating a positive mind set to all aspects of working life is important. It has been shown that positive employees can have a motivational influence on colleagues and create a productive working environment. You can develop your own positive mind set through activities such as mindfulness and learning.


Highlighting appreciation to colleagues is an important part of forging relationships in the workplace. Simply saying thank you for a co-workers help with a project or a difficult situation will show your colleagues you value their effort and time.

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