Are the Ones with The Most Experience Always the Best People for the Job?

When it comes to hiring new employees you have two main choices: experienced or inexperienced. Looking at it like that it seems like a no brainer but think about it for a second. The benefits of hiring experienced employees seem to outweigh the negatives but what if that experience means they are set in their ways and will find it hard to adapt to the structure of your company? Would you be better off hiring a complete novice and training them in-house? Let’s have a look at this is more depth.

Role Play

How well an experienced, or inexperienced, employee fits into their new job very much depends on the actual role itself. It goes without saying that a job that requires a university degree or other qualifications must go to the experienced applicant. But roles such as those in retail, or any of the blue-collar industries, require less experience and training on the job will make sure they perform their duties in keeping with the company’s protocol.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Having too much experience can actually have a detrimental effect on jobseekers. While it may look great on your resume that you have 10 years experience with 10 different employers, the company you are seeking employment with may look at differently. Why don’t you stay in one place for more than 12 months? Unless every job change is a promotion this gives the impression you have little loyalty to a company and will jump ship as soon as you start getting bored. While not exactly realistic, companies do hire people hoping they are going to be with them for years to come. Although this doesn’t happen very often, having a resume that effectively tells them they only have your services for a few months is a big red flag and unlikely to even get you an interview.

Pay Scale

It shouldn’t have a bearing on the caliber of employees you hire but in the present economic climate salary is often the deal-breaker. For example, a salon may soon be needing a new receptionist. It’s an easy enough job and one that can be learned pretty quickly. If they advertise for somebody with a lot of experience they also know they will have to offer a larger salary. By wording it so they are giving a school leaver or inexperienced person the chance to work for them allows a lower salary to be offered. This practice is frequently used in startups or in small businesses with a limited budget for salaries.


The ball is very much in the employer’s court. If they have a top tier position on offer that requires experience amongst other qualifications, then they need to net the best employees possible from the talent pool. If it’s a lower-ranked job they could hire somebody with little or no experience, train them up, and guide them as they progress through the ranks.


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