How much time you have available to accomplish new or further training for an applicant is definitely a factor. But another factor, perhaps just as important, is their eagerness to train.
How willing is your applicant to learn new material? When you ask this question directly, watch very closely when they answer. If the answer is accompanied by a genuine sense of eagerness, you could have someone very special on your hands.
For some, learning new material is not very exciting. They want to come on board, put in a day’s work and head home. This candidate can certainly be a good contributor for you, but perhaps not exactly what you’re looking for.
You may find the person who is eager to learn to have some of these qualities as well:
1) Strong work ethic
2) Very able to use the tools in their workspace
3) Willing to tackle new projects
4) Willing go the extra mile more often than not
With all things being equal and ample time to train, your eager-to-learn candidate might bring you considerably more success than someone already trained.
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