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A person specification describes the personal attributes desired in a potential employee. It is a companion document to a job description, describing the personal attributes being sought from applicants to ensure that they are suitable for the role.[1] These attributes include qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge, and sometimes personal attributes [1] which a candidate needs to possess in order to perform the job duties.[2] The specification should be derived from the job description and thus help form the foundation for the recruitment process. Person specifications are also good for helping potential applicants understand the job's requirements and self-select accordingly.[1][3]

When writing a person specification, it is often suggested by guides that the content be measurable,[2] and it cannot contain content that would directly or indirectly discriminate unnecessarily against protected groups.[1]

Many employers currently use core competencies to build their person specification.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "How do I put together a person specification?". Monster Worldwide. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Person specifications". Leeds. University of Leeds. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Job Description & Person Specification" (PDF). City Early Years and Childcare. Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 24 December 2015.