Hiring Experienced Vs. Inexperienced Employees

When you post a new job for your company, you expect to spend lots of time reviewing resumes. You’re looking to see which applicants meet most of your qualifications.

No applicant will ever match up perfectly with your job description. Some will fall woefully short and others will exceed making you question why they applied. Most applicants fall somewhere in between. Do you hire a more experienced applicant or do you hire a less experienced one?


It’s true that hiring experienced employees means you don’t have to teach the basics. There’s generally less of a ramp up period where they learn what’s happening and many times, more experienced hires are quicker to catch on.

On the other hand, hiring someone with little experience means you have a longer training period and can’t expect as much out of them as quickly. However, you’re starting with a clean slate which means you can mold this new hire the way you see fit.


New hires who come to you with experience have old habits they’ve acquired in previous positions. Many people get stuck in their ways, even if it’s not the most efficient use of their time. Breaking these bad habits can create challenges for you.

New employees with little experience, however, generally don’t have any habits yet, let alone bad ones. This means you get to teach them exactly the way you want the job done and their habits will form according to your company’s processes. This is a great way to compensate for the lack of experience.


Many experienced candidates think they can get any job they apply to and, many times, they’re right. But that doesn’t mean they’re always the smartest hire because of that mentality. They don’t have loyalty and may jump at the next best opportunity.

Less experienced candidates may appreciate your willingness to take a chance on them. This creates a sense of loyalty to the company where they not only want to stay but they also want to perform at their peak every day.

Partner with the Right Staffing Agency

The best candidates, regardless of experience, show a willingness to learn your company’s processes, pay their dues, and work their way up the ladder. Depending on the specific needs of your company, an experienced hire may be required to help lead a new team. On the other hand, inexperienced hires might be the right decision to staff up a team you want to mold.

Either way, your needs are best met when you partner with the right staffing agency. Since 1991, ISGF has worked with companies to ensure they are choosing the right candidates for the jobs they need to fill. ISGF has a team of skilled recruiters ready to work with you to make sure you make the right hire. Contact us today online or call us at 855.240.ISGF.