Stop only checking boxes: Hiring for potential over experience

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Some hiring managers have a very clear idea of who they’re looking for to fill a role.

Too often, this causes them to fixate on requirements for job candidates that they assume are critical – but actually may not be all that important in practice. For example, hiring managers want someone with X years of experience in their industry, preferably working X years at certain companies. Candidates must have mastered a variety of skills from A-Z. Or, especially for entry-level roles, hiring managers may target graduates from a certain school, with a specific major and minimum GPA.

In some

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