Experience & Skills Are No Match for Talent
Posted by HelenaNelson on April 5th, 2019
Human knowledge is now doubling every 3.7 years. This means that 50 percent of what you now know will be out of date in less than four years.
Just to bring it home, let's imagine you need open heart surgery. How would you like to have it performed by someone who hadn't learned anything new about the procedure in the past 48 months?
For this very reason, it is no longer about hiring skills and/or experience. Today, it's all about hiring talent.
So, what is the difference? A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like drive a truck or design a building or fly a plane. All of these are skills. Talent is the ability to learn new skills and/or dramatically improve upon an existing skill set.
Because of all the rapid changes in the workplace and technology, Hiring Systems and hiring a skill today is only going to solve a problem in the short run. When you hire talent, those people will be able to move the organization to the next level because they can quickly learn and apply new knowledge. (While you may want to hire a computer programmer who knows a specific language, you would be better off hiring a programmer who has the ability to rapidly learn and apply new languages.)
Here are some interview questions that explore an applicant's talents:
When Talent is in the ring versus Experience/Skills, my money's on Talent every time.
Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author on strategies for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees and their managers. He is the president of Humetrics, a leading developer of systems, training processes, and tools for recruiting, selecting and retaining an hourly workforce. For more information, call (713) 771-4401, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.humetrics.com.
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