The purpose of hiring should be get work done. The best hiring starts with a full understanding of the work that needs to be done and then to identify, qualify and hire a candidate that will do the work. If you don’t understand the work to be done then you lower the chance of hiring the best fit candidate for the position.
Making good hires is a complex process so simplifying the start will set the process for a better result. Every job position can be defined by the sum of tasks to be done, the environment it will be done in, the availability of tools to do the work, and what is to be delivered. If the manager understands these variables, she or he will have a fuller understanding of framework needed to make a good hiring decision.
If possible ask an incumbent of the position to create a list of their tasks and then edit that list as appropriate for the job you intend to fill. Such a list can be the basis for employee reviews and helpful when you need to re-task and manage your group.
Creating a task list and using it to understand the job will help you make better hires by providing a framework for evaluating every candidate you consider. By focusing on a candidate’s ability to do the work rather than on a candidate’s ability to win the job is an important step in making good hiring decision. Find candidates that can do the work, will do the work, and it will be good employees.