Decision Time: Should You Take a Chance on a Less Qualified Candidate?

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When you’re hiring, you have a lot of possibilities that come your way. What happens if a candidate seems like a great fit and has a lot of potential, but doesn’t have all the experience you want?

This can certainly be a tricky situation. After all, hiring is a risky business and one wrong move can cost you. However, taking a chance on a potential star performer in their early days could benefit your company in many ways, including with the following:

New ideas.

When you hire someone who hasn’t been in the industry for as long – or at all if they’re a career changer – they can offer a fresh perspective. This can spark ingenuity and creativity on your team that leads to innovation. Over time, this can give you a competitive edge in the market.

A stronger drive.

If you hire someone with less experience, they’ll know they have to prove themselves. This will drive them to work harder for you. They are more likely to go above and beyond to impress you. At the same time, they’ll be open to feedback and insight from you.

A lower cost.

When you bring a candidate on board who has less experience, you won’t have to pay them as much as with a veteran candidate. You can save on both salary and benefits and instead invest that money into training and development for your whole team. This will help you to build a stronger, more productive staff, so you can become more profitable.

The bottom line? There are certainly many situations where a lesser experienced candidate simply isn’t right for the role. You need a person with a more extensive track record. However, don’t always discount them. When someone seems like a diamond in the rough, consider investing them. When you do, it could be one of your best business moves.

Looking for expert help finding your next great hire?

At PrideStaff, we’re ready to go to work for you. As one of Phoenix’s top staffing agencies, we know where to find talented candidates and how to evaluate them for your needs. We’ll also help you with training and onboarding to help them get up and running quickly. Get started today by contacting our team.