Writing a Person Specification
When planning a recruit a new member of staff the personal specification is often overlooked. Most of us understand that the job description is an essential part of planning who we need in our team but we should also take the time to look at our teams and define the job in human terms too.
The Person specification identifies the kind of person needed to fulfil the demands of the job by outlining the characteristics and attributes considered essential or desirable in the ideal candidate (REC definition).
When writing a person specification you may wish to consider using a person specification grid which helps to decide what skills and attributes are essential, desirable or not required. A good starting point is to consider the following sub-headings to get you started:
- Knowledge, training and qualifications (e.g are they trained in ICH/GCP or will you need to train them)
- Skills and experience (e.g communication skills and experience to demonstrate these)
- Motivation and relevant interests (e.g. are they interested in Oncology or Respiratory Medicine for example and can they demonstrate this by having worked in the area or studied it in the past)
- Behaviour and attitude (e.g. can they demonstrate a “can do” attitude and motivation)
- Transport and availability (e.g can they physically make themselves available for the hours of work) – Great care must be taken in this part of the specification though to ensure that you do not unfairly discriminate against people.
- Other requirements (e.g Health and Safety)
If you would like help compiling the person specification for your role then please do get in touch with CK Medics on +44 (0)1438 743047 to discuss how we can help. Working exclusively within the pharmaceutical sector means that we can effectively help you with this as specialists.