Not Just Experience: Look for Enthusiasm for a Successful New HireTake a seat and consider the candidates for a job opportunity that’s traditionally hard to fill. On one hand, experience is a requirement placed on the listing. On the other hand, that young new graduate seems to have the attributes that are needed to work in the job. Making the decision to take a risk is hard, but in some cases it can provide benefits that the company overlooks when hiring experienced employees. The key is identifying the applicant with potential and talent for the position.
Shaping the Employee
Step back and consider the employee with limited experience. That supposed deficit could actually provide a key benefit to an employee. A new graduate doesn’t have any bad habits or improper training yet. As a result, that individual may be the perfect person to mold into the ideal employee.
Although a listing might require some experience, that can also cause challenges for an employer. Young graduates will require more training to learn the system and get started, but the possibility of making mistakes due to the assumption that the system is the same as another is limited. A new graduate is more likely to ask questions than blunder ahead without learning a system first, and has the ability to learn the skills as needed by the company rather than the general knowledge of the system.
Experience can limit the amount of molding a company can do to a new employee. When the position requires only a small amount of experience, hiring a new employee can be the perfect risk.
Look for Talent
While qualifications set a standard, talent can easily override that minimum requirement. Even without experience, a talent that fills the role perfectly should not be ignored. In some cases, finding that talent might take a combination of using applicant tracking software and interviews to determine if a potential employee has the talent to perform the tasks.
An employee with an interest in the work and experiences outside a job who shows a talent for the task is better than an employee with a little experience and limited interest. Although talent is not always immediately recognized, it can work favorably for a company.
Watch for Enthusiasm
The energy to chase after a dream, reach for an objective and push forward when obstacles arise is a key benefit of hiring an employee with less experience. It’s the energy and enthusiasm that can set a new graduate apart from more experienced professionals.
That joie du travail often comes from reaching for a dream. An employee with motivation to succeed is a good risk because the company will see a greater level of energy when accomplishing tasks.
Seek Out Humility
Humility doesn’t mean that the employee negates his or her accomplishments. Instead, it means that the employee is aware of personal strengths and weaknesses. A humble employee is not afraid to ask for help and reach out to the team when something is confusing or an unexpected event causes complications. Inexperience is balanced by humility because the entire focus of the employee is learning the skills that are needed for the job.
When a job requires specific skills, experience might not always provide the right employee. Pride in past accomplishments can lead to a downfall that negatively impacts that company. A humble employee is willing to learn, which provides the opportunity to avoid mistakes that are caused by pride.
Although the qualification requirements are an important part of finding employees, sometimes the best newly hired workers aren’t quite qualified. Recognizing when to take a risk in a new hire can pave your organization’s way to greatness.
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