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Hire a person for their passion – not their experience

September 4, 2013

At Status Not Quo, we put a great deal of time and effort into creating a culture that people would love to be a part of.  One of the main cornerstones of this culture is our employees.

Once, a long time ago, when I was working in Human Resources and reviewing applications that came in for various positions, I thought that the greatest asset a potential employee brought to a new position was their previous experience.  I have since learned, that that is not necessarily true.  While previous experience is certainly one thing to consider when making hiring decisions, I would argue that if you are trying to sustain or grow a certain culture within your organization, it is more important to weigh a person’s passion when looking to hire.

Less experienced employees that are excited about where your company is going and who want to be a part of taking it there may very well be the ones you want working in your organization.  If you enable people with passion to help in the process of growing your organization, the results can be truly exciting.

A May 2012 post by Time Magazine, adapted from a blog post on The Harvard Business Review, advised that

People are more creative when they feel passionate about their work. Whether they are driven by interest, enjoyment, satisfaction, or a sense of personal challenge, they are more likely to take risks, look for multiple solutions to a problem, and seek out the best one rather than the easiest. These are the people you want on your team.

Once you hire that person with passion, you also need to nourish that passion as well as demonstrating that you yourself have passion for what your company is doing.

On a final note, if you are having a hard time finding that passion within yourself, than maybe it’s time to rethink the direction of your business, or at the very least it may be past time for you to take a vacation – one you don’t work during – this may help you find your creative balance and re-ignite the passion you once had for your future… but that’s another blog topic.

Thanks for reading!



3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2013 10:14 am

    Love this post! Hand in hand with Passion is attitude! I have always had better results when hiring based on someones passion and attitude even if they don’t have all the skills or experience I have been looking for.

    Martin Crisp
    CEO, PowerStory


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