Tips for Creating an Effective Job Description



Nov 24

Write effective job descriptions to attract the perfect candidates.

An effective job description is critical to ensure the right person is recruited for the job and to the company. Start your position description with a detailed background of the company, then move into the specifics of the role.

  • Consider the job description carefully. Organizations that provide detailed job descriptions and concise, factual information about the organization tend to attract more applicants.
  • For the best chance of attracting the right candidate, it is important to list critical criteria they must have to be considered for the job. This includes specifications for education, experience, knowledge, technical skills and any transferable skills.
  • Provide as much information as you can about the position responsibilities, location, and to whom the position reports. Indicate if the position is a leadership or rotational program and explain how the program works.
  • Be sure to select the appropriate work authorization requirement. Keep in mind that selecting a less restrictive work authorization requirement will give you access to a broader candidate pool.
  • Verify that all contact information is correct.
  • Include the type of interview (case, behavioral, technical, group, panel) your organization will be using.
  • Provide information regarding first and second-round interviews, including timeline, call back dates, and locations.
  • Share information about your company’s culture such as its mission and values.

Jan Pacas, Managing Director – Flare

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