Top Five Tips for Perfect Person Specification

Making sure you have identified the right skills for the role will help to ensure you find the best candidate. Here's five top tips to get you started...

Published: 06/10/2017

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Finding the right person for the job can pay dividends for your business but identifying the correct candidate can be difficult. Follow our top five tips for the perfect person specification to help identify the top ScotGrad graduate for your business.

1.Build a strong foundation

The advantage of a person specification is that it allows potential candidates to decide for themselves whether they think they are right for the role, thereby saving time by reducing the number of unsuitable candidates at an early stage.

A person specification also ensures each applicant is judged using the same benchmark, keeping the recruitment process fair. Once the desired candidate is found, this can be used as a basis for appraisals, so it’s a good starting point for your graduate.

2. Keep it clear

When deciding core competencies, you may wish to tier these as essential or desirable to avoid alienating good candidates and make it as clear as possible the type of person you are looking for.

These can include qualities such as a full, clean driving licence, good eyesight, communication skills, specific language skills, certain qualifications or past experiences, depending on the role.

However, it’s important not to be too prescriptive, by stating someone must have a minimum number of years of experience as you run the risk of losing quality candidates.

3. Find the right fit

Remember, your ScotGrad graduate needs to mesh well with the ethos and culture of your organisation. So make sure the qualities the candidate shows are in line with your organisation’s vision so there can be a smooth transition and the individual will prosper in the surroundings.

4. Qualifications and training

Some professions will require a candidate to have a certain qualification by law in order to practice. Whilst in other cases it may be impossible to do a job without the requisite training.

If qualifications and training aren’t necessarily essential, look at the other ways a potential ScotGrad Associate can demonstrate they are the right person for the job.

5. Set the right tone

Don’t rush your person specification, remember this is a window into your organisation and sets the bar for the role. Take time to create the perfect person specification as you are investing in the future of your organisation, by ensuring the right candidates can be identified as efficiently as possible.

Do you think a graduate could help your business to grow and develop?  Click here for further information and find out how a ScotGrad graduate could benefit your organisation.