essential previous learningHiring New Employees

Job Specification

Hiring the right person for the job

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the need for strategic hiring of new staff to ensure your business receives the maximum return on investment.
  • Document the requirements of a job and the qualities of the successful applicant before commencing the recruitment process.
  • Apply our step-by-step guide to building a job profile for a new role or a role which experiences a high turnover in your business.
  • Distinguish between those skills that are required for a role and those that may come in handy.


For any small- to medium-sized business, the decision to take on a new employee will have a significant impact on the bottom line. It is essential that every hiring decision is made strategically to ensure the business receives the maximum return on investment and the new employee is given the maximum chance of success. Too often we hear about new employees that haven’t worked out. It’s often because not enough thought was put into identifying the requirements of the job and the qualities the person needed to be successful in the role.

The following is a step-by-step guide to help you determine there is actually a position to be filled and you have a clear idea of the tasks and duties of the role and the qualities the successful applicant should possess. The following process can be followed when you are either looking to employ someone in a new role or when there has been high turnover in a particular role. If you are one of many small businesses that do not have job descriptions for employees, this article will help you to build a profile for every position – this will make life much easier when you need to replace employees in the future.

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