Why a Job Description is Worse than Nothing When Hiring

Shane Bernstein - Apr 27, 2020

A Job Description (“JD”) by definition is a recipe of ideal requirements to acquire the perfect candidate for a job. Unlike readily available ingredients to make the perfect dish, there are no candidates that perfectly align to a JD.  The reality is, companies are setting themselves up to fail before they begin. 

JDs Add 2-3 Weeks to the Hiring Process

Traditionally, the first step in the hiring process is drafting a JD. The process of drafting a JD and waiting to receive approvals from multiple stakeholders across the business prior to posting a job adds a huge time deficit to the overall hiring cycle.  To land top talent, speed is a requirement.

JDs Create ROI Deficit in the Recruitment Process

The purpose of a JD is to highlight the opportunity, the company, the work environment and ‘the what’, ‘the why’ and ‘the how’ which is meant to entice candidates and get them interested in the opportunity.  For better or worse, and with good intentions, most JDs include everything but the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, the outcome does not equal the intention.  Candidates aren’t as thorough when applying to a role, as companies are in putting together a JD and so the ROI suffers.

The Perfect JD does not land the perfect Candidate

A JD includes a lot of information that somebody, typically a recruitment generalist must translate to pinpoint what the business stakeholders implied when writing the JD.  This process of translation is not an exact science. In fact, this creates the highest amount of unnecessary time spent during the recruitment hiring-cycle, adding 3-5 weeks to the process.

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