Hire Based on Skills, Not Tasks Most businesses hire based on a person’s knowledge and experience in performing specific tasks. The problem is that we each have a very specific skill set. Some people are more analytical and others more creative, some relate better to people and others to paper, some like details and are process-oriented while others are more spontaneous and prefer change. These characteristics determine our skill sets. While knowledge and tasks can be learned, skill sets seem to be hardwired. Therefore, the best businesses hire people with the right skill sets, realizing that the individuals then are able to learn the tasks and knowledge necessary. They avoid the problems of employing those with the wrong skill set trying to perform the necessary task.