Consider Hiring Underqualified Candidates

Every headhunter and hiring manager is aware of the talent shortage that is prevalent in various industries. The most neglected aspect of hiring is considering if a candidate has the potential to get the work done, but hiring managers are too busy focusing on the skills that are mentioned on their resume. They would never consider hiring underqualified candidates and will wait for “the perfect fit” even when the company is going to train the new hire anyway.

It is obvious that you might not consider hiring underqualified candidates for the job until you know why you should hire them. Here’s why:

Shortage of Qualified Candidates

Employers are struggling to fill the vacancy due to the shortage of qualified candidates. Since there are not enough candidates with the required qualifications, it makes sense to hire some underqualified talent and then train them to be high performers.

They are eager to learn

They are keen to learn from you as they are not much aware of how things are done in a specific field due to lack of experience. They are more likely to accept changes and will put their best foot forward to keep the job that they are given.


The fact that you hired them even when they were underqualified for the job will give them a sense of responsibility towards the company and encourage them to stay loyal to the organization. This will also help in employee retention.

Lesser Pay

As they are inexperienced in the field for which you are currently hiring, they will be willing to accept the job offer even for a lower pay. Initially, you can use the remaining amount in providing them the training that they require to beat a qualified candidate, and then you can increase their pay to the market rate.

Level of unemployment

Unemployment levels are soaring to the sky, which implies that there are plenty of underqualified candidates who are not landing a job. But if you are willing to hire and train them, it will not only benefit the company but it will also help in decreasing the level of unemployment.

Saves time and resources

If you are hiring someone who is underqualified that means you are hiring someone in lesser time and using lesser resources. Finding the perfect candidate, who has a perfect resume containing all the sparkling skills and qualifications will take a lot more time and consume more resources.

Diana Coker
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.

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