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HOW TO WRITE A JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

Writing a job description

 

How to find the right candidate?


To discover your ideal candidate, firstly identify your needs and requirements and then incorporate this into a clear, concise job description and person specification.

By following our structure you will attract the right applicants, enabling you to quickly and efficiently evaluate their resumes.

To do this you’ll need to create:

  • A job description - a bespoke specification of the vacancy, including the key roles and responsibilities of the post-holder
  • A person specification - a description of the person you think would most closely fit both your requirements and culture of your business

To prepare these documents, you will need to identify your specific requirements.

Employers can sometimes make the mistake of producing an advertisement which is vague with the intention of seeing ‘who turns up’.

This will often result in losing time going through applications from candidates who don’t have the necessary background or experience for a particular role; or interviewing candidates who discover during interview that the role is not for them after all.

Preparing robust specifications can prove invaluable to a business when it comes to both evaluating CVs and preparing a list of questions which may be pertinent for interview.

For more information on producing job descriptions, and selecting your candidates, download our Talent Guide.

Download the Hays Talent Guide


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