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Internal and External Hiring: Pros and Cons


“Minimum 5 years’ experience working in the industry…”

You see this in nearly every job posting. It’s understandable; unless you’re desperate for talent and need a position filled right now, you have enough wiggle room to make sure your new hire has at least some experience working in your field. So to keep the neophytes away, you write the “Minimum years’ experience” line. Industries are different, you don’t have time to train for transferable skills, you’re not looking for entry-level, there are a thousand reasons to use this very common refrain.

But is this always best? When do you need to look for experience and when is it okay to grab a fresh face?