Of course, having the right skills and experiences are important to performing the job, just not relevant when hiring. Skills and experiences are simply the tools one brings to the job. It is one’s ability to use these tools effectively that counts. Just because you have a hammer and saw in your garage, doesn’t make you a fine finish carpenter.
The single biggest hiring mistake and one rarely considered is that employers don’t define success for qualified candidates.
To retain your top talent it is absolutely critical to ensure they are motivated. In difficult times this is often not high on the priority list of managers or CEOs. Most people are working long hours and doing the job of two people. Salaries are frozen, pay cuts have been implemented and forget about any bonus. For many companies this is their current culture.