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Pros of Hiring Junior-Level Employees
Cons of Hiring Junior-Level Employees
Pros of Hiring for a Senior Position
Cons of Hiring Senior-Level Employees
What’s Best for You?
What are the role’s responsibilities? Will the role be remote or in person? What seniority level do you plan to hire at? This last question holds a lot of weight, as there are both advantages and disadvantages to hiring junior and senior-level employees.
The decision of what level of employee to hire is ultimately up to what is right for your business based on budget, schedule, and company culture. That said, we know seniority level is often a decision that Hiring Managers rush to rather than weighing the pros and cons first.
In order to help ensure that you and your Hiring Manager are aligned on seniority level from the start, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of hiring junior and senior-level employees. Check it out below so you can lay out your recruitment processes accordingly.
There are a number of positives that come with hiring someone with fewer years of experience. Junior-level job candidates tend to be:
Energetic and motivated Junior-level employees are typically younger, so they aim to please and will put in the effort to do so. They want to prove themselves so you’ll often see increased productivity.
Adaptable They aren’t “stuck in their ways” yet and should fold into your unique corporate culture with ease.
Innovative and up-to-speed on trends Junior-level employees can often bring a new perspective to the team, providing insights on new trends, technology, and more.
Quick to hire The average time to hire lower-level employees is shorter than senior-level employees.
More affordable Starting salaries are lower than senior-level counterparts.
Loyal Discovering and nurturing talented individuals at the beginning of their careers can be incredibly beneficial to your business in the long run.
While there are many benefits to hiring junior-level employees, these new hires also:
Require more training and attention There is an upfront cost when hiring junior employees, so be sure your Hiring Manager has the bandwidth to take on this training from the start.
Will inevitably make mistakes as they learn the ropes As with all new hires, there is a learning curve. This could be longer for junior employees as they learn new tools and techniques.
Difficulty accepting negative feedback It’s important to keep in mind that junior employees aren’t used to receiving criticism at work yet and lack confidence. Ensuring feedback is provided in a constructive and calm manner will be more important than ever.
Here are the benefits you can expect when you hire someone at the senior level:
Experienced and self-sufficient Senior hires require less hand-holding and often have shorter learning curves throughout the training process.
Well-connected in the industry Oftentimes, if they don’t know the answer, they’ll know someone who does and can use their professional connections to advance quicker.
Usually has leadership experience Senior hires can improve company culture or fix long-standing problems, as it’s great to have trained, fresh eyes coming in.
Senior-level hires come with some challenges, too, including:
Less flexibility Unlike younger colleagues, senior hires are more set in their ways and could be less flexible to policies, procedures, and unexpected changes.
Higher salaries With experience comes pricier paydays, which could limit the opportunity for future hires on the team, or more convincing internally.
Longer time to higher These are highly qualified candidates, so sourcing will take longer. The interview process is often more in-depth as well, thus taking more time and energy.
Higher turnover rate Often, senior executives are chasing their next best gig. They don’t have the same employer loyalty that junior-level employees often have.
Before deciding whether to hire a junior or senior-level employee, consider your company’s budget and your hiring team’s time:
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Like with any role, finding the right individual is key. Experience does play a factor, but a person’s passion and transferable skills will also go a long way.
Before deciding which level of employee you need, measure where your company is at in terms of budget, time, and need to determine what level candidate makes the most sense. Most importantly, don’t automatically shy away from junior-level employees just because they’re likely to make mistakes, and don’t shy away from senior-level employees because of higher starting salaries. Simply look for the route that’s best for your company at this point in time!
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