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
24th September 2014 From India, Bangalore
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
24th September 2014 From India, Mumbai
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.
24th September 2014 From Philippines, Iligan City