Tips for Hiring Applicants Based on Potential, Not Experience
In the past, hiring managers typically focused on an applicant’s experience as an indicator of what they could do for the company – but times are changing. This, however, has been changing recently as more businesses are choosing to hire applicants who show great potential but who don’t have experience and then training them for the desired position. If you are one of those businesses, then here are a few things that you should look for when are hiring.
What to Look for When You Hire For Potential
- An ability to learn. This is crucial – you need someone who can quickly learn what is required for a position and who can easily comprehend the “how, what, and why” of a job. A candidate who shows an ability and eagerness to learn from challenges shows great flexibility, which can benefit any company in any field.
- Knowledge of technology. In many industries, not everyone knows how to deal with the technological advances that are quickly coming our way. A candidate who doesn’t have the exact experience you need but shows a keen understanding of technology and how to use it will be much more productive, even if their position isn’t a technology based one.
- A Desire to Try Different Things. There is a certain adventurous spirit that a good applicant will often demonstrate when going through the interview process. They will have a genuine interest in trying a number of different positions and aren’t phased by the fact that they don’t have experience in any of them.
- Determination. How a candidate handles challenges can be a great indicator of a candidate’s potential. If they are determined and push through unexpected setbacks instead of crumbling, this is a good indicator that the candidate has what it takes.
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