Hiring Wisdom: Skills, Experience and Even Talent Are No Match for Attitude

The race to hire for either skills or experience is over. Today, it’s all about hiring attitude and talent.

So, what is the difference?

  • A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like the ability to drive a truck, design a building, or cut hair.
  • Experience hones those skills.
  • Talent is the ability to learn new skills and/or dramatically improve upon an existing skill set.
  • And, attitude is what makes people with talents and/or skills and/or experience extraordinary employees.

Every organization that is filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical people will always defeat the ones that merely have skills, experience, and talent.

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In the race between “talent,” “attitude,” “skills,” and “experience,” my money’s on “attitude” every time.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


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