Q. How can I choose between two equally qualified applicants? I like both people, and I can't find anything to disqualify one over the other.
A. Is there someplace else in your department or your company where the other person may be able to be placed? It's hard enough finding even one solid hire. When you find two, get them both if you can. If you're limited to selecting one, then this is one of those cases where you need to trust your gut instinct. If you lean slightly towards one or the other, go with that leaning. If you are completely torn, you might ask for an outside opinion to help you in making the selection. This might be your team that will have to be able to work with your new hire or your own supervisor who may have other thoughts about how your team should function.