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Experience Doesn’T Predict A New Hire’S Success

Chad H. Van Iddekinge of Florida State University and his colleagues reviewed 81 studies to investigate the link between an employee’s prior work experience and his or her performance in a new organization. The conclusion: Experience doesn’t predict a new hire’s success. We also found zero correlation between work experience with earlier employers and retention, or the likelihood that a person would stick with his or her new organization. One possibility is that many measures of experience are pretty basic: the number of jobs you’ve held, tenure at your previous employers, years of total work, whether or not you’ve previously worked in a similar role. So we should take experience into account but maybe do a better job of delving into prehire performance. First, we found a smaller set of studies within our data set that looked at prehire experience and performance on the job after three months, two years, and five years. If, say, a sales rep wants to be a sales manager, how much does his or her experience in that lower-level job predict success in the more senior one?

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