In March, I explored a reader’s question on Hiring Inexperienced vs Experienced Workers. Today, I’d like to talk with you about this a bit further.
Many employers seek to bring new ideas and new perspective to their organizations. This sometimes means there are two experienced seasoned executives or professionals applying for the same job, but from different industries. Much like I explained with Southwest’s hiring strategies, often the job will go to the candidate with experience outside the field to get new perspective; this doesn’t mean that the experience someone has isn’t relevant or is outdated, it just means that sometimes companies want to bring in a personality type, not the experience.
For example, bringing in someone with a strong retail background into a hospitality business (or vice versa) may bring the leadership experience and perspective in a different background.
Always consider the choice which is not the most convenient, and you may find a better fit.