Why Hiring Someone Without Experience in the Position Can Be Your Best Hiring Move
When employers interview to fill job vacancies, they typically want someone with experience, but sometimes that can lead to trouble filling a position. It’s a common practice to hire someone with experience because they need less training, but hiring someone who doesn’t have the experience you’re looking for might be a bigger benefit. Here are two reasons why you might want to reframe your search for candidates and suggestions on how to do that.
Reasons Why Experience May Not Be the Most Important Quality in an Applicant
- Individuals with potential just might bring more to the table. Aside from the fact that it can take some time to find experienced applicants, when you do find one they may have all the experience you need but not necessarily be a great overall employee.Instead, consider finding a fantastic employee and simply training them for the position.
- Individuals with experience may stick to what they know. In some cases, employees who have experience doing a job at a different company may find that they’re somewhat stuck in the way they used to do the same job. They might find it difficult to adjust to what your company wants them to do and how you want them to do it.
How to Reframe Your Search
- Ask applicants how they can help you. A common question in interviews is “Tell me what you’ve done.” The better question is “What can you do for my company?” In addition to their verbal response, the physical response can tell you how the applicant might approach challenges and unexpected changes.
- Evaluate your applicant’s skills. Use a skills test to determine whether your applicant is right for your position. What they did before doesn’t always mean they’ll match your company and your expectations.
If you’re looking for help in screening applicants or suggestions on how to make your recruitment process better, visit ADAM Personnel’s employer page for more info.
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