Recruiting senior attorneys is a unique and sometimes challenging task. If you want to get it right, you’ll need to seek out only those candidates who have the soft skills necessary to get the job done. Below are five soft skills that high-level candidates should have:
- Work efficiency. Most senior attorneys are slammed with an impossible amount of responsibilities. If you want to recruit the right candidates for the job, look for talent that has a unique ability to work efficiently. They should be able to get the job done in less time and with fewer resources than the average person.
- Persuasive. High-level new hires need to influence others to understand their perspective and follow their lead. This is why people with well developed persuasion skills are important. Find a job candidate who can influence others and you’ll get the employer the new hire they need.
- Big picture thinking. Senior attorneys must be able to do their specific jobs, but they must also have the ability to see the entire picture. Pursue only those attorneys who can understand how sales, marketing, and the day-to-day legal work fit together to make a law firm successful.
- Persistence. No matter how you look at it, only job candidates with a dogged persistence can survive as senior attorneys. Attorneys in positions of power will face many challenges, disappointments, and failures. If they’re unable to persist, they won’t succeed on the job.
- Perceptive. No matter how good of a lawyer a candidate is, if they want to thrive as a senior attorney they’ll need to be perceptive—able to read the moods of people and the industry trends. This ability to perceive trouble before it comes is critical to heading off problems before they get a serious hold on the law firm.
As you source talent for senior attorney positions, look for the soft skills that will make it possible for them to succeed in their jobs.