Unfortunately, passion and drive are sometimes overlooked qualities of a job candidateduring the search and interview process.
Generally, when people are being interviewed, the hiring manager uses a task-and-experience job description to find candidates. Then they focus on a resume, whichhighlights skills acquired through school and job experience. While skills and experienceare important attributes that should always be considered, talent and passion are equally--if not more--vital to real job performance success and should be given greater weight.
You should hold out and try to hire for both. The best of both worlds is possible.
Passion Without Skills
In all stages of development, passion without the experience can lead to a "loose cannon"lack of strategy and focus.
Passion has limits, and without the steady hand of experience or getting better at the job,passion will diminish overtime, and in many cases, leaving them feeling lackluster andhardly motivated. To use a football analogy I once read, passion is good in the first quarter,but it is experience that puts the ball over the goal line when it is 4th-and-10 with onlyseconds to go.
Passion without the experience to manage can become invalid. Desire is important, and candefinitely get the job started, but expertise gets the job done.
Passion for some people is what is new and exciting. We’ve all known individuals whobecome passionate for a cause, a business, a product, or a thought when it is fresh andexciting, only to lose interest before fulfillment, racing on to the next thing.
Experience Without Passion
Experience without passion is the cause of complacent leadership when passionate energyis needed most. Entire industries have gone to ruins, despite decades of experience, whenthe spark of passion dissipates.
Experience without passion is a common reason for long-term failure in business.An experienced employee may know how to revive a business if it is struggling, but apassionate employee will care enough to do something about it. They’ll learn along the way.
What do you hire for? Passion? Skills? Both? Why?