Comment on Experience or Ability – Which is More Important? by Go Finance Yourself!.
I spent the first 10 years of my career in public accounting and definitely understand the sink or swim attitude there. If I have my choice, I will pick ability everytime. At my current company, we focus our recruiting efforts on what you can become vs. what your resume shows you are. Give me the person with some know how and a good work ethic, and I can coach them along the way until they gain more experience.