Person specification

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A person specification describes the personal attributes desired in a potential employee. These attributes include qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge which a candidate must possess to perform the job duties.[1] The specification should be derived from the job description and forms the foundation for the recruitment process. When writing a person specification, employers usually:

  1. Use the job description to pick out the duties, grouping together those which are similar.
  2. Translate duties into the abilities and skills needed to do the job. Specify necessary skills as far as possible in precise job-related terms.
  3. Identify any specific knowledge requirements for the job or requirement of some evidence of ability to learn.
  4. Where relevant indicate qualifications and level of education required for the job, be as precise as possible.
  5. Identify experience required to carry out the job. Define the extent.[2]

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  1. ^ "Person specifications". Leeds. University of Leeds. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Writing a person specification". Nottingham. Nottingham University. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

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