Hiring People with No Experience vs Experience

I recently saw this great LinkedIn update from Oleg Vishnepolsky about a recent hire he completed:

I HIRED someone recently who I have met through LinkedIn. This person is doing great.
He had no prior experience. Nobody wanted to give him a chance.

What attracted me first were his posts – full of honesty, energy, passion.

I am sure he will go far, and years from now will be in a corner office. And I am sure he will give others a chance to succeed, too.

Be active on LI – post, share, comment on other posts.

Let them see the real person behind your profile.

I often hear in healthcare that the thing they want most in an employee is healthcare experience. I understand why they desire healthcare experience. Healthcare is its own beast with very unique requirements and a culture that needs to be understood. However, what’s to say that someone can’t learn all of these things?

The reality is that at some point we were all new to healthcare and head to learn. I feel lucky that my first healthcare employer took a chance on me when I had no healthcare experience.

At the end of the day, there are things that are much more important than healthcare experience as is illustrated in the story above. Honesty, energy, and passion are a great place to start. If you have those 3 elements, then they’ll take you a long way in any industry.

How do you feel about hiring someone with no experience vs someone with a lot of experience?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


  • I feel that hiring a person with no experience, but a true passion and desire to break into a field of unknown is a great way to broaden an organizations perspective. The person can bring zest and zeal in other areas while learning on the job. Just think, the person wouldn’t be applying for a position without experience if they didn’t want to contribute to the organization, especially, in a hi- tech position. So, why not give them an opportunity,they will probably produce more than the long time and take the organization to a different level. Yes, I would hire one with no experience!

  • I applaud the writer of this letter, I have experience in many industries and it would include a short ERP implementation at Baxa Pharmaceuticals Colorado office. I have been attempting to break into the fastest growing industry in the country. Although after many attempts with responses that tell me we want people experienced in this industry, and knowing that my resume never reaches the Hiring Manager, if the post is specific I do not or am very reluctant to apply.

    My expertise is in inventory, manufacturing, and distribution with a certain level of engineering data management. I know that these things do not change regardless of the product. I have worked in many industries and understand compliance regulations and curing times, not sure why there are barriers manufacturing and production is the same.

    Tony E. Madison

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