With a properly worded job description, you’ll benefit from having fewer applicants to consider and more high-quality applicants in the pipeline, allowing you to spend less time on the hiring process and more time on your day-to-day operations.

When writing your job description, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your post weeds out the unqualified applicants:

  • Be specific. You need to be clear about what you’re looking for. Don’t be wishy-washy when it comes to required skills. If you need someone who knows how to do X, just come out and say it.

  • Write with personality. Write your posting the way you would write about your company. It gives a glimpse into your company’s culture, attracting the right candidates while dissuading the wrong candidates from applying.

  • Be transparent. Clearly explain what your company is like. Talk about the tools and processes that are in place. If you want remote teammates, say so. If you don’t, make that clear.

  • Be intentional. A lot of descriptions list every skill set that could possibly be required. Instead, focus on what is actually needed to do the job. List the skills that will be used often, and let them know that there are skills that may only be used occasionally.

  • Ask for more than a résumé. Every job seeker has a résumé. It’s easy for a job seeker to send in a résumé (good and bad). Instead, ask job seekers to do something more. Typically, we have them answer a handful of short questions. The bad candidates skip over this, the good ones answer them, and the best ones provide amazing responses.