A job candidate’s years of experience are meaningless without this other quality

by Glenn Handler

There is a lot of advice out there about hiring senior people. Some experts suggest that you shouldn’t hire overqualified people—they won’t be challenged. Others warn that you shouldn’t hire experienced people because they won’t be flexible in coming up with new approaches, while still others argue that you should hire those people for the exact same reason: a startup needs experience to show the way.

As an expert in recruiting myself (self-proclaimed mostly, but I am sure I can find others who agree), I’ll make it simple: All of the above is correct—and wrong at the same time. Not confusing anymore, right? Let me explain. Read more...