We have a small publishing company (Physical Children's Books ages 2 - 14 of different sizes) and currently outsource all our design and illustration job. We however now want to hire an in-house DTP operator for Page layout and Interior Page designs and for handling the corrections found in proof-reading.
The person will be setting up the text and readymade illustration & pictures on the pages and will prepare print ready PDF for the Offset printing presses. This person won't be creating the Artwork (pictures / Illustrations) himself but will be using our artwork in already created in photoshop and illustrator. We will still outsource the illustration creation job to freelancers and design studios.
Since we are not experts ourselves, we would really appreciate if the community can guide what would be the appropriate hiring process, interview questions and other hiring tips. Should we ask the candidates to design few pages from scratch?
We mainly use InDesign, CorelDraw for Page Layouts.