Quote from Mulan
Equal in every respect.
I agree with Elkpark. That doesn't exist in the real world.
If they are truly equal in EVERY respect, there would be no basis upon which to distinguish between the two.
However, if they were just equal in basic qualifications... I would choose the one who would be most pleasant to work with (the one with the most pleasant personality who would be most likely to get along well with her co-workers.) In fact, research shows that "personality" and "compatability with co-workers" is usually a key factor in hiring. If I had a young staff who had a history of not working well with older orientees, I would choose the young one. But if I had an older staff who had a history of working better with older colleagues, I would choose the older one.
It's not just the characteristics of the applicant that matter. The characteristics of the job and of the other staff also factor into the decision.