Good Advice

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Byline: By Carole White

Your business is growing and you are in a position to recruit a key member of your team.

As your most valuable (and expensive) resource, getting the right person is vital and the whole process can be very costly.

Drawing up a job description and person specification is essential. Your selection of candidates and interview format should be based on these.

The job description will outline the scope of the job.

This should include the job title and a summary of the main objectives, responsibilities and tasks involved.

The person specification should detail the knowledge, skills and experience required to do the job.

It must be closely tied to the needs of the role.

Which characteristics should you include in your person specification?

Typical characteristics include:

* Good communication and interpersonal skills;

* Self-confidence;

* Resilience;

* Ability to persuade and influence;

* Assertiveness;

* Business acumen;

* Marketplace and industry understanding;

* Ability to self-motivate;

* Good planning and organisational skills.

Divide your specification into essential and desirable.

The essential characteristics are those which are crucial to the person's role ( for example, industry understanding. …