Why Hiring for Experience is Insane!

Albert Einstein defined insanity as: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Taking his lead from Einstein’s definition in his recent DisruptHR talk, Why Hiring For Experience Is Insane, Tom Quayle, President of The Chemistry Group Inc, explained why experience is the least reliable predictor of behaviour and used it to argue that the $1.25bn recruitment industry is insane for being totally reliant on it.

At Chemistry, we spend our days imagining a world where everyone gets the opportunity to be brilliant at work. The opportunity to reach their full potential. We do this against a startling backdrop in which 86% of people are still, to this day, reporting as disengaged or miserable at work. We know it doesn’t have to be like that, which is why we’re making it our mission to help organisations assess people properly and start measuring the things that matter – the things that are genuinely reliable predictors of behaviour and performance.

We’re proving time and time again that using experience – where someone’s worked before, what academic achievements they have made, etc. – to make a decision on someone’s potential is a fundamentally flawed approach, fraught with risk, bias and inaccuracy. And while it’s true that there are lots of tools out there helping businesses to automate their recruitment and performance review processes, too often they are measuring and listening to the wrong data. By measuring and tapping into the things we know are truly reliable indicators of potential – i.e. someone’s values, motivations and behaviours – we help organisations make better people decisions right now, and into the future. With our help, they’re filling their businesses with the right people for them and getting the insight they need to help their people perform brilliantly in their roles.

Making better people decisions has the added benefit of driving real commercial outcomes for the organisations we work with. We help them understand that their people are key to their business success and deliver tools that enable them to connect people strategy with business goals. So whilst we’re giving individuals the opportunity to be brilliant, by listening to the right data and connecting the right talent to the right opportunity, we’re helping organisations be more brilliant too.

The Chemistry Group

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Chemistry is a talent management business that enables organisations to make better people decisions that drive better commercial outcomes. They do this by defining WHAT GREAT LOOKS LIKE for organisations then enabling them, through technology, to accurately hire and develop to it at scale. They combine business, technology, HR and psychology expertise to deliver the art and science of talent management.

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2 Responses to “Why Hiring for Experience is Insane!”

  1. Eduardo Muniz

    Excellent point! “By measuring and tapping into the things we know are truly reliable indicators of potential – i.e. – we help organisations make better people decisions right now, and into the future”
    Unfortunately it is easier said than done. How do you measure “someone’s values, motivations and behaviours”? I am interested. Thanks in advance. Looking forward to learning from you

    • Oasis HR

      Hi Eduardo, thanks for your comment! I am sure that The Chemistry group will happily provide some rationale around how they define and measure values, motivations and behaviours.
      Many thanks, Oasis HR


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