another which would you hire - page 2

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a 22 year old or a 62 year old... Read More


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    Quote from Mulan
    Equal in every respect.
    There's no such thing (in the real world).
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    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.
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    Quote from Mulan
    Equal in every respect.
    An impossibility in IMHO.
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    62 y/o due to generational differences that indicate this person would miss less work, has a stronger work ethic and has experience.

    Purely hypothetical of course. The 22 y/o has newer ideas, not worked long enough to have fixed practices that need changing and will probably adjust to electronic charting faster.

    just a speculation
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    Quote from classicdame
    62 y/o due to generational differences that indicate this person would miss less work, has a stronger work ethic and has experience.
    Then again, one of my former coworkers was a nurse in her 60s who was fired from my workplace for missing too many days of work. She missed more days and called off far more frequently than her counterparts who were decades younger.

    She definitely had the experience, as she had been a nurse since the late 1960s. However, her work ethic was another story. She didn't answer call lights because she wasn't there to 'wipe butts.' This nurse ignored patients' concerns and basically did not want to touch them.
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    There isn't a straight answer for this. It depends upon what you are hiring for, the demands of the job and the capabilities of the interviewees. The 22-year-old could be very sharp and a quick learner, or a total ditz and someone with more confidence than ability. The 62-year-old could be a very knowledgeable veteran nurse who is an ideal fit for the position, or a physical wreck who could never handle the demands of the job. Personalities also enter into the equation. How would they fit with your current staff?


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