Establishing clear job descriptions in your business can be an incredibly effective tool to improve performance.
Many employers might begin to hire for new roles before they have a clear job description fully prepared: this is a mistake. This can lead to confusion, missed expectations and poor hires, as often this is a clear indication that the role has not been clearly defined.
You should have one description for each role, which you can replicate into a job advert, rather than creating descriptions each time you hire.
Here are the reasons why a clear description is important to get finalised before you begin to hire:
It is vital to have the job role clear in your own mind. You should know exactly what you’re hiring for, rather than just a general idea. A clear job description before you hire ensures you stay focused on what you really need from your new employee.
A job advert needs to be able to attract enough candidates that you can filter down to potential hires. It is not enough to post a job title and assume people will know what the role is about.
If it is written and prepared before you hire, there will be no need to rewrite it again. Don’t risk realising your description isn’t bringing in enough applicants, and have to put out a new one.
Your job advert should be clear enough that the applicants know exactly what they are applying for. An unclear, confusing job description will put off applicants that could be ideal for your role and attract people who aren’t. By producing a clear description you will encourage more of the right people to apply.
Being clear before you begin to hire means you can look at the staff you already have. Really focus on what needs to be filled in, what skills you need and whether your other employees could be good candidates. It also allows you to manage their performance better, with clear guidelines as to what their role really is.
Having clear job descriptions before you start hiring is important. You can manage your staff better and know exactly what kind of skills you need when someone leaves.
When it does come to hiring, it means you can save yourself time and money by being clear with exactly what you need. This way, you only interview real potential applicants and bring in the best person for the job.