By reading the very intersting question Priority of application materials for admission decision about which material is most important to be admitted as PhD candidate, or PostDoc or researcher, in a university, I started wondering on how and how much soft skills count, for the same objective.
As you know, besides academic degrees, grades, publications, reference letters, technical skills, project proposals, and etc., there are also soft skills that are considered by talent scouts to choose who engage.
For soft skills, I mean competence like:
- public speaking
- active listening
- ability to manage relationships
- ability to show interest
In scientific admission procedures, e.g. for PhD or PostDoc admission, how much do soft skills count?