Define job requirements

Last updated: June 1, 2022

Ensure you have well-defined selection criteria based on the current needs of the job.

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Job requirements

Use a fair and transparent process to assess applicants. Apply the job requirements in the job profile and posting. You'll assess past work performance and years of continuous service later in the competition.

Job requirements are:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Competencies

Review job requirements

You should have well-defined job requirements for the position you're posting based on the current job duties.

Clear job requirements allow applicants to determine if they are suitable candidates. They form the basis for all recruitment and selection activities. Reviewing the requirements now will help later when you're screening and creating assessments and interview questions.

After you review and update the job requirements, use them to:

  • Screen applicants on the required education and experience
  • Assess those applicants advancing in the competition.
    • Base your assessment on the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies required to perform the work successfully on day one and those that can be acquired on the job

Update the job profile

Using an existing profile

  • If you have an existing profile to work with, make sure it's accurate
  • Follow the writing guidelines
  • You can update your job profile each time you post the position
  • Where appropriate, ensure that qualifications realistically reflect how the work may change in the future
  • If you've made changes to the profile, submit the profile for a classification review

Creating a new profile