Hiring for Growth Potential

When filling an open position, employers often sift through resumes in search of the most experienced candidate. There’s a common misconception that more seasoned professionals are always a better hire, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In reality, the best person for the job isn’t always the obvious candidate. Hiring for potential is a great way to choose the right fit, because your new employee is poised for long-term growth and success.

Find out what you have to gain by choosing your next new hire based on growth potential.

Shape Employees’ Skills

Experienced professionals have a lot to offer, but they also come with a good amount of baggage. They’ve spent years honing their skills at other companies, which means they’ve probably developed a number of bad habits you’ll have to undo.

Change is hard when people are already set in their ways. Therefore, it’s a whole lot easier to train an inexperienced employee than to reprogram someone who’s been in the industry for years. Every organization has its own operating standards, but when you’re doing the teaching, you’re able to shape the person’s skills into your own idea of perfection.

Increase Motivation

Ambitious people often apply for jobs they know they’re not quite qualified for in hopes that someone will see their potential. If you take a chance on them, they’ll do everything in their power to ensure you won’t regret hiring them. These people want to prove themselves, and they’ll put all their effort into showing what they’re made of.

Experienced professionals don’t have the same hunger for success, because they’ve already arrived. They’ll work hard, but there isn’t as much on the line for them as someone trying to hold onto their first big break.

Cut Costs

New hires with expansive resumes don’t come cheap. These people have already proven their value, so they — rightfully — want a job that pays top dollar.

On the other hand, candidates with growth potential are more focused on learning than compensation. They’re willing to accept a lower salary, because the job offers experience that money can’t buy.

Saving money on the hiring process will allow you to stick to your budget, and even have room left over, so you can further expand your team.

Boost Retention Rates

When you take a chance on a ‘green’ professional, they don’t forget it. These people know they were a risky hire and they’re forever grateful you decided to give them a try. This deep level of gratitude is rare in business, and it brings a sense of loyalty that leads to a seriously long tenure.

Beyond appreciation, hiring for potential also allows you to focus on key factors like cultural fit. When you choose people who truly embody the fabric of your business, they’re just as happy to be there as you are to have them on staff. Consequently, they tend to stick around and join the ranks of long-term employees.

Hiring for growth potential is the key to creating an engaged team that truly cares about your company. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com.

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