A Wrong Job Description Could Stretch Your Recruitment Process Time

A Wrong Job Description Could Stretch Your Recruitment Process Time

Naveen Joshi 05/05/2021 4
A Wrong Job Description Could Stretch Your Recruitment Process Time

Generic, confusing, and unclear job descriptions can have adverse impacts on your hiring process, making you wait to find the right candidate.

It happens almost every time — the job changes, but job descriptions don’t. But that doesn’t matter, or does it? As recruiters, you might have taken a look at your candidate list and wondered why such few candidates have applied for the position. That could be because of your poorly written job descriptions. A survey says that while 72% of hiring managers claim they provide clear job descriptions, only 36% of candidates agree with them. The numbers show that job descriptions are one of the most underused HR tools. Job descriptions are brief summaries of the desired skills required for a job position. Hence, a poorly written, and unclear job description can hinder the process of finding the best fit for your job position. Poor job descriptions can stop you from getting introduced to the right candidates and attract unqualified candidates, thereby stretching the recruitment process.

Why A Wrong Job Description Could Harm Your Business?

A strong and concise job description (JD) can attract the best candidates and shorten the recruitment process. Reversely, poorly crafted job descriptions can stretch the recruitment process.


1. Attracting Unqualified Candidates

Attracting more candidates is helpful, but only if the applicants have the relevant skills. Even the wrong job descriptions can attract more candidates, but most of them can be unqualified. One of the most significant purposes of job descriptions is to attract qualified candidates. But when your job descriptions are poor and unclear, it will also attract unqualified candidates along with qualified ones. Let’s assume that you want to hire candidates with native JavaScript skills, but your job description mentions knowledge of JavaScript as a requirement. You will get applications from candidates having JavaScript skills and not specific native JS skills. This will increase the time required in the resume screening process, especially if you are screening manually.

You might also end up losing the best candidates due to unclear job descriptions. ATS systems screen resumes based on keywords, and poor job descriptions can have irrelevant keywords. This can lead to rejecting even the best candidates with skills relevant to the job but not the job description. In fact, a study reveals that 75% of resumes are never seen by recruiters. Hence, even if a candidate somehow understands your job description and applies for the job, ATS systems will reject him or her based on keywords.

2. Slowing Down Recruiters

Usually, a person who writes a job description is different from the one who screens resumes. Hence, job descriptions don’t just provide information for the required skills to applicants, but also to the first respondent recruiters. A poorly crafted job description can confuse recruiters and lead to wrong hiring decisions, which can cost organizations. Also, when confused about job descriptions, recruiters would need to get clarity about the same. This can increase the back and forth of conversations for a clear understanding between recruiters and the ones who write job descriptions, which can stretch the recruitment process.

3. Increasing Turnover Rates

A poor job description can result in hiring a bad candidate with little to no relevant skills. This can lead to a hired candidate leaving the job quickly and increase the turnover rate. For instance, if a new employee feels there is a difference between their skills and job responsibilities, they might want to switch jobs. The increased turnover rate can lead to the re-hiring of employees for vacant positions and result in a stretched recruitment process. Businesses need a Recruitment Intelligence solution that can self-learn in time. A recruitment intelligence solution will assist hiring managers to write strong and precise job descriptions that can shorten the recruitment process. With self-learning capabilities, recruitment intelligence can also create automated job descriptions, which can then be verified by hiring managers. Thus you can leverage a RI-based automated recruitment system for smarter hiring.

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  • Simon Lee

    Businesses that do not pay enough attention to their job description will never hire the right talent.

  • Carol Saunders

    Well explained Naveen.

  • Felix Ramos

    Businesses should take their time during the recruitment process to craft a decent job description to attract more people.

  • Philip Anderson

    Wrong job descriptions are confusing for companies and candidates.

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Naveen Joshi

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Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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