It is important to understand that a successful candidate is not always the most experienced one, rather it can be the candidate with determination, persistence and curiosity. Keep in mind that the ideal candidate for your organization may not be very experienced on paper, but may end up being a strong contender in the interview process.
Look for soft skills instead of experience. It is possible for a candidate to have soft skills that align with your company core values which will set them apart from other candidates. Do not dismiss a candidate if they do not have the right experience (yet). Do they have potential to get there?
There are many instances where a less experienced candidate is the optimal hiring choice.
Soft skills are just as important as hard skills, however they are more difficult to teach. A resilient candidate with great communication skills can be taught hard skills. Always focus on important qualities which cannot be easily taught. Besides enthusiasm and passion, look for: ambition and drive, an aptitude for problem-solving, responsiveness, and a strong sense of teamwork2.
Also, if your company plans on moving in a new direction, a less experienced candidate with fresh and creative ideas is the stronger option. Remember, the strongest fit for the position doesn’t always match the full “job description requirements.”