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How to Write a People Spec

A Guide to Writing a People Spec / Candidate Profile

So, having defined the job and how it fits with the team, you need to prepare a candidate profile.  The job description focuses on the role.  A candidate profile will focus on describing the skills, experience, qualifications, personality and aspirations of the ideal candidate.

This is not a legal requirement but will help immensely in the selection process.  This is the bench mark against which you will compare candidates.

By using the candidate profile in the selection process, you will significantly reduce the chances of you wasting time interview inappropriate candidates. Take the time at the beginning to think about the kind of person you need and you will save a significant amount of time in the actual selection process.

Think about the knowledge, experience and skills that you require.  What is essential. what is desirable.  Be as specific as possible.  For example don't just put IT literate as a requirement. make it specific;  Microsoft Word and Excel (expert Level) Intermediate Access and Powerpoint required.

Get someone else to look over your people spec when it is completed to see if they can add anything.

With a job description and candidate profile put together you are now ready to start sourcing suitable candidates.


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