In his post about “the person the’ll become” Jason Fried from 37signals writes about how important it is to look for potential when hiring new people. He argues that many people may just not have been in the right position to do their best work and or didn’t have the opportunities.
There’s also another view to look at. As a company, would you like your employees to have their best work done already? Shouldn’t they be at your company just in the moment they have their best time. This doesn’t necessarily mean at a certain age, since some jobs may require lots of expertice.
And in addition, people should apply for your company not because they’ve done good work, but because they want to do even better at your company. A couple of years ago, Oliver Kahn, the former goal keeper of FC Bayern Munich, said: if you are going to play for Bayern Munich, it’s not because you’ve been a good soccer player, it’s because you will be an even better one. You are expected to imporve and not rest on one’s laurels.