When you’re looking for new employees, it’s common to focus on candidates with experience. However, there are potential drawbacks to that approach. Often, by concentrating on potential over experience, you open yourself up to job seekers who have the potential to thrive in the role, even if they don’t currently have experience.
If you’re wondering why using that strategy is possibly a better choice, here are a few reasons to consider hiring a candidate with no experience.
Mold Them into the Perfect Employee
When you hire a candidate with experience, that new hire often has preconceived notions about how certain tasks are handled. Similarly, they typically have pre-existing bad habits that might harm your organization or their new team, particularly if they’re resistant to change.
By hiring a candidate with no experience, they don’t have any assumptions about how they should handle the job’s associated duties in a work environment. Instead, your input will serve as their sole guide, allowing you to mold your new hire into the perfect employee with greater ease.
More Passion and Enthusiasm for the Opportunity
Candidates with no experience understand that they’re potentially behind the curve compared to job seekers who’ve worked in similar roles. However, they often make up for a lesser degree of technical prowess with passion. If hired, they’re highly enthusiastic about the opportunity to prove themselves. As a result, engagement is usually high, and their willingness to learn is potentially unmatched.
Often, enthusiastic, passionate candidates are easier to train. They’re open to adapting to the environment and highly appreciative of the chance to learn and grow. Since that’s the case, a candidate with no experience can quickly turn into a top performer when properly coached toward success.
Broaden Your Talent Pool
Today, skill gaps are pervasive, even among some experienced professionals. Specific capabilities simply aren’t well represented enough in the labor force to meet demand. As a result, companies that overly emphasize experience are significantly limiting their pool of talent, potentially to the point where they never find a candidate that meets all of the criteria.
You’re broadening your horizons by being open to job seekers without experience. You’ll get to meet with professionals who have the potential to become top performers, often requiring only a bit of training to get started. As a result, you can fill vacancies with candidates who have some of what you’re after and use upskilling to address the rest.
Plus, you can concentrate on hiring for traits over hard skills. Often, soft skills are far harder to teach than technical abilities. By making the prior experience less of a priority, you can focus on job seekers with the right mindset and personality to mesh with your company and goals, potentially leading to better long-term results.
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