Why Recruiting People Without Work Experience Can Be Good For Business
Are you looking for new hires to join your company? Of course, you’ll probably have a long list of requirements. They need to be hard working, articulate, qualified, resourceful, reliable and….experienced? Well, ‘must have work experience’ might actually be something to remove from your image of the perfect employee. Here’s why…
Firstly, a relatively ‘unknown’ employee such as new graduate, or someone who’s never directly held the title you’re recruiting for might be a sensible way of acquiring some seriously good talent.
Many firms find out that they’ve actually hired a ‘diamond in the rough’ who turned out to be a real superstar, eager to prove themselves and work hard to justify their position. As a bonus, candidates without a work history are going to be easier to hire – they know they’re not the perfect fit and are prepared to do what it takes to learn the ropes.
Similarly, employees with little prior work experience are also cheaper to hire. It’s a simple case of supply and demand: candidates with a huge amount of work experience are highly sought after, which means you’re going to need to pay top dollar for them if they’re going to consider working for you.
On the other hand, interviewees with ‘weaker’ former credentials are probably going to be willing to work for less money and will be grateful for the opportunity to start building their skills and relationships. Ultimately, candidates new to the working world understand that they need to earn a grander title or higher wage, so they’ll be prepared to hit the ground running for less.
Moreover, recruiting someone without a great deal of work experience might be really good for business, if you’re a small company. If you’re a start up, or not particularly well known, you could find it hard to attract your idea of the perfect talent… after all, you might not be ‘famous’ or renowned by others in your industry.
Inexperienced candidates are likely to be more willing to work for a small-time-firm like yours now, than they will be after 5 years at a bigger company. So, grabbing fantastic workers as they graduate from school or university could be the way to go.
In addition, those without a gleaming work history will usually come to your company with a great attitude. Inexperienced employees have not yet been bogged down by office politics or attached themselves to particular processes. Instead, they’re open-minded and are capable of assimilating the right skills and habits under a ‘fresh’ approach.
They might even surprise you too. Without a ‘been there, done that’ or ‘know it all’ attitude, they’ll see your business in a way that you might not be able to. Processes need simplifying? Things not as efficient as they could be? There’s nothing like a fresh pair of eyes to help you see what could be improved.
So, isn’t it about time you had a chat with the HR department? Put your great tools (such as
CIPHR hr systems) to better use and open your mind to the possibility that the inexperienced applicant might be precisely what your business needs.
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