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Which Candidate Do You Want: One Who Knows a Little of Everything or a Lot about One Thing?

April 9th, 2019

There are many different kinds of candidates that you will interview as a hiring manager. Two who are on opposite sides of the spectrum are the “jack of all trades” and “the master of one.” So which one is the better choice?

Who is the Better Hire?

While this will ultimately depend on the industry and job position, let’s break it down.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Little About Everything

  • Diverse Skill Set

A candidate who knows a little bit about a lot of topics possesses a diverse skill set that allows them to remain competitive in this fast-paced world. They are versatile, confident and proficient in their abilities to add value with the skills they’ve acquired, and if those skills match your company’s needs, they can be a great hire.

  • Adaptable & Flexible

Since this candidate is used to learning new skills, they are comfortable if they have to learn new skills or information on the fly. Whether it’s a new software system, a new client, or a change in processes, this candidate is able to adapt.

  • Long-Term Learner

A candidate who knows a bit of everything is used to learning new things of varying complexities. This is a great strength in a candidate because you can rely on their ability and willingness to learn new things when the need arises.

  • Great for Leadership Roles

A leader is someone who knows almost every aspect of a business rather than just one area or department. This is a great opportunity to hire this particular candidate if you’re looking for an employee who can grow into leadership roles.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Lot About One Thing

  • Expertise is Valuable

It’s rare to find a candidate who is so knowledgeable in a particular area to be considered an expert. This can be a huge benefit for your company if you want this employee to help with training other employees or need someone who can propel your company to success within a specific discipline.

  • Quality in Productivity

While productivity is crucial to a company’s success, quality work is of even greater importance. For a company to be productive and still produce quality work is becoming a challenge but a candidate who is so knowledgeable in one discipline can help turn that around. This can help the company save time and money as well.

  • Save Time in Training

If you choose to hire a candidate who is an expert in their particular field or discipline, you can rest assured that you will save time in training them during the onboarding process. Aside from company-specific policies, they will be ready to hit the ground running which can help your team be successful faster.

  • Can Learn More When Required

An employee who is an expert in their specific discipline clearly demonstrates their ability to learn and excel. This means that if you need them to add on to their skill set, they will be able to do so – and become completely competent in that area as well. This is a very promising quality when looking to add to your team.

Grow Your Pool of Qualified Candidates

Contact Concorde Personnel for professional help in finding the right, qualified candidates for your open positions in the Westchester area.

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