Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


External Tools

30 behavioral interview questions to assess soft skills

This 2024 tool by LinkedIn Talent Solutions reminds us that 92% of talent professionals believe soft skills are as important or even more important than hard skills. After surveying nearly 1,300 hiring managers about which soft skills they look for and the behavioral-based interview questions they ask, LinkedIn shared the soft skills they determined were the best indicators of which candidates will excel. A set of interview questions is provided.

IBM SkillsBuild

This initiative by IBM provides free, online, skills-based learning and support for learners at all stages of their career journey. The range of courses, tutorials, and learning paths are designed to help individuals acquire new skills or enhance existing ones to prepare for careers in emerging fields such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science. There are also courses offered in professional success and soft skills and workplace readiness.

Why You, Why Me, Why Now

In this book exploring students’ transition from a degree program to the workplace, author Rachel Toor spoke with employers from investment banking to ranching to engineering to publishing. A clear, accessible, and fun guide on everything it takes to land a job, this book is helpful for students and faculty alike in understanding what employers are looking for in new hires (and how to present oneself in order to get a job.)

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