Potential Vs Experience

Posted on 2017-05-08 by GenUK Dove

 

It can sometimes be tricky for employers to confidently select the right candidate for the position, especially when presented with a strong handful of interviewees. But while an impressive, well thought-out, well-presented resume goes a long way, interviews exist for a reason – successfully filling a vacancy relies on more than qualifications or experience alone. Successful recruitment is more complex than that.

 

Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

 

It’s often said that qualifications will get you an interview, but they won’t get you a job. After all, a candidate’s previous success does not necessarily guarantee that they will continue their high-performance in their new position. In some cases, it may benefit employers to look past a potential employee’s experience – or lack of – in favour of the candidate’s potential to grow into, or even above the demands of the vacancy.

 

Hiring a candidate with less experience in your sector may bring a fresh perspective to your company. While an experienced candidate may have the years and industry knowledge under their belt, a fresh candidate may well be quicker to learn, more adaptable, and have no bad industry habits to iron out.

 

Look For More Than Just A Small Cog

 

Employers should be looking for more than just a small cog in a big machine; any potential new recruit should be considered a good cultural fit for the business – regardless of experience or qualifications. Similarly, there are many qualities of a great employee that are immeasurable by time or qualifications – being personable, punctual and a great team player, to name just a few.

 

Furthermore, giving a less experienced candidate the opportunity to grow with your business will inspire employee loyalty from the beginning.

 

Quality Not Quantity

 

Examine candidate experiences deeply; consider the value of them. On paper, years of experience may impress and be attractive, however, it may not always be as valuable as fewer years of harder work, quicker growth, further progression and so on.

 

A good candidate is able to use their interview to demonstrate and describe how their skills and experience match the job description. It goes a long way if an interviewee can successfully and comprehensively articulate the value that they can bring to your company.

 

Find The Best Fit

 

Of course, hiring strategies differ from industry to industry and business to business. Qualifications and experience are highly necessary for a number of positions. Recruiters should evaluate all candidates in the context of the relevant industry or market; however, it is also important to consider the best fit to match your company values, office culture and the nature of the team your new recruit would be joining.

 

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The experience vs potential dilemma often creates an obstacle for employers – of course, the perfect candidate has a balance of both, as both are of high value to any business.

 

If you would like friendly help and advice Dovetail can offer you a complete recruitment solution. Contact us today.

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