How many times have we made hiring decisions simply based on the number of years a candidate has spent on a job or in a particular environment? How many candidates were selected because they had longer years of experience?
People go to the same classroom, study towards the same degree and come out differently. People read the same books, watch the same movies and gain different insights. And then on occasion, some do not graduate or learn anything from the books and movies.
This same concept applies to years of experience – the length of time a candidate spends in a job stream. Experience does not guarantee a candidate has learned anything , nor does it guarantee that they will continue to be successful in your organisation.
I totally agree with Feris Rifai. That is that experience can be important, but is not the most important attribute. A candidate who may have less on the job experience, but who has passion, personal drive and is a strong fit with the organisation culture will thrive.
While finding individuals with a certain level of experience is important, I do not believe experience is the be-all, end-all. I would rather hire someone who shares the same perspective, passion, and values than someone who has none of those attributes but does have a wealth of experience. Experience may temporarily get the job done, but the right perspective, values, and passion is what helps a company reach new levels and become a true differentiator in the market.