Our company is now hiring a supervisory position. I am gathering more applicants and still assessing their applications. Their are lots of applicants whom i can say that overqualified to the position because of the range of salary that they are expecting. My supervisor told me that she preferred those with experience but not that expert on the said field. In my own observation with current person in the position, I can say that she was employed in numerous companies, and thinking of the years she had spend with them, how would you rate her skills if she has been in so many companies before, to think that she reached for almost 15 years in the said field in almost 10 companies.

I am confused, if being in a long period of time in the said field could develop your skills. I can compare myself to her that I am a newly hired in this position but with a short period of experience still i am learning and take some actions to every new tasks being assigned to me. My point is, does skills always go first before intelligence?


From Philippines, Iligan City
Dear friend,

Recruitment is far serious business. Organisation pays hefty price if the wrong recruitment is done. You may refer following post and views of various members that includes mine too on wrong recruitment:


Keep the following factors in mind while recruiting for any position:

a) What level of customer satisfaction is expected from this position

b) Does the candidate meet the competencies required for the position

c) Will the job candidate meet the KRAs for the position

d) Does the candidate have potential to grow for the future positions

If the recruitment is based on the above parameters then you can eliminate the tussle between experience Vs qualification/intelligence that is going on in your mind.

Last but not the least, please note that nothing is as deceptive as "experience" of the candidate. I am giving my views from India's business culture. In India length of the service is considered as "experience". However, real definition of experience is knowledge gained out of one's experiments or successes or failures. An experienced person may not be able to meet the KRAs of the position. Will you accept this candidate?

Today in India's job market scenario acute scarcity exists of the competent professionals. This has resulted into unwarranted salary expectations of the worthy candidates. Nevertheless, the real spin-off is enjoyed by the unworthy candidates because of rise of their value though it is unjustifiable.


Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Interesting.What is knowledge. Knowledge as defined by a dictionary, means being aware of some facts , information and data about some thing or some one or some place etc.Then what is skill. Skill is the ability to apply such knowledge to achieve a particular objective/purpose, be it solving a problem or repairing a machine or reforming a behavior. A civil engineer may design a building but may not be able to build it.Only a mason can build it.An electrical engineer may design a circuit but may not be able to do wiring in his house .It is only an electrician that knows this skill, A bright management graduate fresh from an institute may speak eloquently about the theory of industrial relations but may not be able to handle any crisis in industrial relations in his company. an employer needs not only a civil engineer but a mason to build employee relations and not only an electrical engineer but an electrician who can prevent short circuits by skilfully wiring the positive and negative energies of emotions of employees. How one acquires this ability.One acquires this ability not at once but by continuously working on the problems/situations.What the employer needs apart from academic intelligence, is occupational intelligence -which means intelligence that saves his business and keeps it running by employing knowledge and skills at one's command. I repeat a story which quoted in one of the threads in this forum to drive home the point

Once a scholar in Astronomy working abroad as a research fellow, came to India to visit his village i.e his native place.To reach his village, he has to cross a small river. Therefore, he engaged a boat that ferries passengers to his village.He got into the boat which was manned by a boy and the boat was sailing in a pleasant weather. The scholar had always poor opinion about the not so well lettered village folk and did not let any opportunity go to flaunt his knowledge to taunt them about their ignorance. So he asked the boy who was manning the boat skillfully whether he knows about stars, Moon,Sun and the Planets.He expressed his ignorance. The scholar said " look, I studied Astronomy and learnt about this universe.Went abroad and is well placed. You did not study and therefore content with ferrying passengers". In the mean time, the weather has suddenly changed.Clouds started hovering in the sky and winds breezing at 200 KMPH, rocking the boat menacingly.The boy told the Scholar " Sir, we are in the midst of a storm. Do you know swimming since that is the only way to save your life.". The Scholar replied " I do not know". Then the boy said " but I know.Here I go. Good luck to you". Saying so he jumped into the river and swam across to shore.

The employer requires such skills to handle crisis in his business.I do not know nor express any opinion as to who (whether you or your supervisor) is right . I just want to address your confusion about knowledge and skills specific to a particular business.

Hope this helps.


HR & IR Advisor

From India, Mumbai
Dinesh V. Divekar
Thanks for your additional information sir, it really gives me an idea on how to select a suitable applicant in our desired position. I really agree to what you just mentioned " false knowledge is more dangerous than ignorance."
Thanks a lot.

From Philippines, Iligan City

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