A job description is one of the most important parts of the hiring process. It sets the tone for everything that follows and defines the type of person you’re looking for and their skills and capabilities. It will set hiring manager expectations and will no doubt also be the starting point for setting expectations for the new incumbent.
Why Your Job Descriptions Are Important
We usually begin a job description with the person who has been doing the role (or a very similar one) most recently. Inevitably, the job description will then become a replica description of that person’s background and the work they did. This will set in motion a search for a similar person — and that could be wrong. Jobs evolve, technologies change and organisations develop which means that the role you have now is likely to be different from the one your last employee did.