Should Startups Hire Based On Passion Or Experience?

Source | alltopstartups.com | Thomas Oppong

Would you hire your next employee based on passion or experience?. Business professionals, startup founders and business leaders shared their opinions on Quora. These are selected thoughts and opinions.

  1. Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Dee Hock
  2. Passion has limits, and without the steady hand of experience passion will diminish overtime in many cases, leaving the enterprise to languish.  Michael R.H.Stewart-Social Media Strategy, Execution and Management – President, Jericho Technology, Inc. – 20 years online experience
  3. Experience without passion settles for commonplace solutions, ones without risk. Passion is the fuel that feeds the engine of innovation.-Michael R.H.Stewart
  4. It would really depend on the position and the role they need to fill. If I were hiring a CFO, experience matters, passion being secondary. Otherwise passion is extremely important to me.- David Ferguson– On startup #2
  5. I would put a candidate’s work ethic above passion and experience. I can mold a hard-working person to any role. If a person takes their work seriously, they learn quickly, and often develop their passion in the process.  Sol Irvine – Founder of The Daily Play and the Yuson & Irvine law firm.

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