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Discover This Month – March 2023

Hiring employees is one of the most significant decisions an organisation can make.


Whether you’re a small startup or a large corporation, choosing the right candidate for each and every job is crucial. One of the most important factors to consider when hiring is the level of experience that a candidate brings to the table.

This month we discuss the pros and cons of hiring entry level over an experienced worker. There are benefits on each side and it is wise to spend a little time considering these factors along with logistical and financial considerations.


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Entry Level Candidates

Hiring an Entry-Level Candidate: Entry-level candidates are typically fresh out of school or have little to no professional experience.

They are eager to learn and have a lot of potential, but they may require more training and guidance and to learn your processes and systems.

Some of the pros and cons of hiring an entry-level candidate include:


  • They are less expensive: Entry-level candidates usually have lower salary expectations, which can be beneficial to organisations looking to save money.
  • They bring fresh ideas: These candidates can provide new perspectives and ideas, including more modern ways of working, which can help to improve processes and innovation.
  • They are eager to learn: Entry-level candidates are often eager to learn and willing to take on new challenges, making them valuable assets.
  • They can be coached: These candidates don’t bring bad habits and can be moulded to your way of working so that they can easily fit in with an existing team.


  • They require more training: Entry-level candidates may require more training and guidance, which can be time-consuming and costly.
  • They lack experience: Entry-level candidates have little to no professional experience, making it more difficult to perform certain tasks and responsibilities. They may lack an understanding of work etiquette and be out of their depth in some circumstances.
  • They may lack confidence: These candidates may lack the confidence and commercial communication skills necessary to interact with clients or other employees.

Experienced Candidates

Experienced candidates have worked for a few years and have a proven track record. They should have a good understanding of the industry and the skills necessary to excel in the role. 

Some of the pros and cons of hiring a candidate with a few years of experience include:


  • They require less training: Experienced candidates require less training, they may already have worked with similar software or know what is required to fulfil the role.
  • They have a proven track record: Experienced candidates have a proven track record which can provide confidence to the organisation, this is something that can be checked and cross referenced by referees.
  • They can bring leadership skills: Experienced candidates may have developed leadership skills, which can be beneficial to the existing teams and company as a whole.


  • They are more expensive: Experienced candidates typically have higher salary expectations which is usually in line with the level of past experience and success in previous roles.
  • They have existing habits: These candidates may have a set way of doing things, which can make it difficult for them to adapt to new processes or ideas. They may not be as open to a different way of working or procedure which may cause resistance to adopting another way.
  • They may have limited potential: Experienced candidates may have reached their full potential, limiting their growth within the organisation or filling that position in the long term.

Message from the CEO

We see many companies adopt a “post and pray” method of recruitment and think popping a job ad up on SEEK or Indeed will be enough to secure the right candidate for a vacancy.

Time and time again we see these advertisements which are very costly have little to no response for a variety of reasons.

Often these vacancies are passed to us when all efforts have been exhausted. As recruiters, this is our craft and it’s what we are skilled in. Asking the right questions to find out exactly the mindset, attitude, past success and future potential of a candidate doesn’t happen by accident.

Employers should consider all the options especially in a market like this where there appears to be more jobs than people to fill them. Understanding the role inside and out will give you insight into the possibilities of perhaps employing an entry level person over an experienced one.

Of course different industries and varied jobs may require experience with equipment, tools, software etc so an entry level person is out of the question. However, a deep understanding of the vacancy can only lead to better results whether it’s internally recruited or you brief a recruitment professional, the more information the better.

ur database and network is extensive so we don’t always have to advertise, we have the ability to tap into the talent that we have. We keep close relationships with our candidates and we would welcome the opportunity to help you fill your next role, quickly and professionally.

Contact the team at Recruitment Central when you are ready to hire next and let us show you what we can do.




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