person specification


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person specification

A “rider” to a job description, which narrows down what the hiring organisation is looking for by providing a profile of the ideal candidate for a particular job, listing the criteria necessary to carry out the job. The person specification and job description can be used as the basis for staff development, appraisals, or promotion.

Benefits of person specification
• Enables potential applicants (and recruiters) to determine whether the candidate meets the job requirements, filtering out unsuitable candidates at an early stage;
• Helps employers identify the qualities needed for the job;
• Can serve as a guide for writing job adverts and application forms;
• Can be used for comparing candidates with each other;
• Reduces bias in recruiting and selection by ensuring candidates are judged against criteria which are relevant to the job, and all candidates are judged systematically on the same criteria;
• Helps ensure that selection decisions can be justified using objective criteria should the decisions be questioned at a later stage.
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It looks as if nobody questioned why the draft Job Description and Person Specification hadn't been placed before the Board to be discussed, possibly amended and then approved.
See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.
Consequently, the report presents national role descriptors for practice teachers and specialist practice mentors offering employers a framework to inform person specification.
For further information, a copy of the board member job description and person specification or to discuss the role, email Alison Harkness at alison.
Go over the job advert, person specification, job description and your CV/application form, so you can remember what you wrote.
I would suggest that the majority of jobs do not include a person specification emphasising the need to memorise and regurgitate information.
There is an undated and unsigned copy of the job description (JD) and the person specification (PS) on file, but no signed contract.
Developing a job description and person specification.
However, the real challenge is to 'drive engagement' by understanding and developing skills, strengths and aspirations that may be independent of the published person specification.
She goes on to explain how to draw up a good role specification and person specification.
Devise a person specification to clarify what knowledge and skills the person will need to have, and break down which skills are essential and which can be achieved through training?
A person specification detailing qualifications and experience, skills, interests, motivation, special circumstances and hours they must be available.
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