[...] He said "I hire for attitude and train for skill".
I was 23 years old when I hired my first employee. I interviewed a number of applicants. The next applicant was a woman in her late forties who had quit her job as a high school chemistry teacher to raise two children. Now that her children were in their teens, she was back in school, halfway into a Masters degree.
The law was strict about age discrimination. It was absolutely forbidden to mention age in a job interview. She was so much older than me, and I was concerned about it. I was afraid that she might be one of those people who, as @NoThankyou
put it, "I do it this way."
I brought up the age difference issue as delicately as I could. We both understood exactly what I meant when I asked her: "Could a person like you
, take direction from a person like me
The twinkle in her eye was unmistakable as she gave her response: "Why sure! I love kids!"
I hired her on the spot. She went on to be the most productive and well-regarded employee I ever had. She was a part of my team for many years. By mutual agreement, everyone called her "Mom."
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(Extra unintended lesson for @Enwar
: She finished her Masters degree while working the full-time+ job and caring for her family.)