Better Approach for Hiring Programmer

"The only significant difference between the two hiring pushes was the approach--the first was focused entirely on a candidate who had n years of experience on platform X; the second focused on candidates who showed the greatest talent and aptitude in previous professional and personal projects, and gave the greatest indications they were a great fit for the personality of the team."
"The most important lesson I learned when I worked with a formal HR department to hire new people is that they care. They really do. They don't want to hire terrible candidates who are going to be miserable, hate their jobs, and drag down a team. They want to empower people to improve professionally while taking care of a company's needs."
-- bobwaycott, emphasis mine
In other words, forget about hiring people with n years experiences but instead hire people who care about their work and eager to learn?

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