Job description

Becoming familiar with a job description

The job description is crucial to the recruitment process, as it will form the basis of recruitment advertising, selection activities and making decisions about candidates’ suitability.

A sample job description/person specification is provided in our HR tool kit and is accessible to our premium members.

What does this document usually cover?

  • Purpose and responsibilities of the role

  • Experience, skills and behaviours that we would expect a successful applicant to demonstrate.

  • Qualifications (but only those necessary to do the job unless recruiting on the grounds of future potential, eg graduates)

The importance of clear job boundaries

The format and use of job descriptions is evolving into "accountability profiles" and/or "key result areas". A clear sets of tasks and duties and an unambiguous reporting structure can provide a basis for resolving a potential conflict between the individual and the organisation and may save your business a fortune.