Business Pundit On Hiring
Most companies don't hire very well because they look for the quick and easy things. I have always believed the Southwest adage "hire for attitude, train for skill." I think it can apply to most positions.
Most hiring practices:
1. Penalize people for failure (when it could be a great experience for them)
2. Reject iconoclasts (can't have anyone questioning the way things are done around here), and
3. Ignore valuable experience outside of their industry (because we all know no good idea ever came from another industry or a new perspective, right?).
The way companies hire affects the way people try to present themselves and the experiences they try to pursue. So if a certain skill set helps you get hired (even if the hiring is a bad decision) more people will try to acquire that skill set.