If the professor has 15 publications and a postdoc applicant has 10 papers, will the professor think the applicant is too strong to colloborate well as to not obey the professor's ideas all the time?
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Being a young professor I will not hesitate to hire an applicant with a profile even stronger than mine; especially, if I feel that postdoctoral candidate has good plans which will be beneficial for my research group. My own Postdoctoral experience was very good, my professor never treated me as student, rather a peer colleague.
Also, in my opinion a professor who want an obedient postdoc is not a professor I would ever consider to work with. In academics healthy criticism is the best feedback on your work and the way to improve.