To get the best person for a job, employers need to clearly state the skills and experience they are seeking. Position descriptions or job specifications should not directly or indirectly discriminate against a person unless it interferes with their ability to do the job. When describing a job, avoid making assumptions about the type of person to best suit the role. When writing a job description:
- State the job purpose and outline the duties involved.
- Detail the essential qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required.
- Be specific about the person requirements in relation to the job.
- Distinguish between essential and desirable selection criteria.
- Rank the criteria in order of importance to help separate the best applicants.
- Detail restrictions or conditions such as overtime or needing a car.
- State who the job reports to and who reports to the job.
- Use plain English.
- Translate or publish it in large print or audio format if appropriate.
Ask applicants to directly address each of the job's selection criteria. This will help you objectively compare applications.