A job description should be an outline of the purpose of the job, its main tasks and duties as well as more general information such as health and safety responsibilities.
When replies to the job advertisement have been received, it is appropriate to:
• match applications against the job description and person specification;
• eliminate applicants who do not have the basic requirements for the job; and
• draw up a shortlist of candidates for interview.
There are two main options for inviting applications to job vacancies:
• providing a job application form to be completed and returned, or;
• asking applicants to send a copy of their curriculum vitae (CV).
An employee who is being made redundant and who has been continuously employed by the same employer for at least two years is entitled, whilst under notice, to take reasonable time off with pay within working hours to look for another job, or to make arrangements for training for future employment.
An employer has an obligation to ensure that recruitment advertising is carried out in a non-discriminatory manner.
Employers can do various checks to make sure future employees can do the job they are being hired to do, that they are entitled to work in Northern Ireland, and that they are not barred from working with vulnerable groups.
When an employee starts work, the employer has a duty of care towards them. This includes making sure that they can do the job safely and competently.
Taking the time to carefully plan the hiring process is important and ensures that you hire an employee with the right mix of skills and characteristics for the job.
The final stage in the recruitment and selection process is the most important — choosing the best person for the job.