First... gain clarity about ALL THE TASKS!
Why "tasks first" is important
As a recruiter, never settle with simply receiving a briefing from your (internal or external) client on the knowledge, capabilities and competencies a candidate shall have.
You MUST fully understand all the tasks the future employee will have to perform in his/her new job -- only then can you fully appreciate how knowledge, capabilities and competencies come to play. And you can help the client to deduce these based on the tasks to be performed.
But more importantly, as we will cover later, as a recruiter your job is not only to find the right talent and make them an offer - your job is all of that PLUS making sure the candidates will ACCEPT your offer! So, you also need to sell the job to an interested candidate, and any decent candidate will not want to know which competencies he will deploy, but ask you for the actual job s/he will be doing. Read on to find out more reasons why you REALLY need to know all the tasks (as well as defining the core tasks) for the vacancy at hand...
When gathering the requirements for an open position from my client, I shall first and foremost understand...
- ... all the tasks the future employee will have to perform
- ... only the skills, capabilities and competencies the client lists for this job