Know the adage “When you become so good at using a hammer everything begins to look like a nail”? Same thing holds true for recruiting and the notion that peeps must have specific industry and/or product experience to be considered a viable employment candidate.
The only data is the self-fulfilling prophecy held by many hiring managers when they hire someone out-of-spec – the HMs spend a good deal of time “looking” for reasons to prove recruiting wrong and create structures that practically ensure a negative result.
Consider the best reason for hiring out of range…creativity. When you hire 100% within spec, you’re genetically engineering creativity out of your organization. Fewer ideas from other areas is like incest – you end up inbreeding all the bad stuff.
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