32 Killer Questions to Perfect Your IT Job Descriptions
It’s an exciting time in the business. Your recent growth has meant you have a need to hire several new developers, so you’re sitting down with your HR manager to write the job descriptions for the IT positions. We’ve identified a list of great questions that you can ask yourself about the position that will help you to craft a job description that communicates clearly about responsibilities, attracts top talent, and ensures the person you hire is the right fit for your team.
- Is this a permanent or contract position?
- What is the salary range?
- Can the work be completed virtually, or do they need to come to the office?
- When does the position needed to be filled by?
- What is the job title?
- What is most attractive about our company culture?
- What makes our culture unique?
- How does our culture compare with the culture of our competitors?
- What are the benefits we offer our employees? (for example, 20% of employee time can be spent on projects of their own choosing)
- What are their working hours?
- Who will they be reporting to, and what is that person’s management style?
Skills & Qualifications
- How many years of experience should they have?
- What certifications are required?
- Should they have a university degree? What level?
- Do they need to be familiar with specific technologies?
- Will they need to practically demonstrate their expertise with code samples or test projects?
- What level of responsibility should have they had in past positions?
- What methodologies should they follow or have experience in?
- Should they have experience in a specific industry?
- For all of the above questions, are they required or just ‘nice-to-haves’?
- If an attractive candidate is missing some qualifications, are you willing to train them?
- Are you looking primarily for competence or character?
- Which part of the IT department will this person be working in?
- Will the person have responsibility for a team of people?
- What are the measurements of success for this position?
- Will they need to interact with other departments in the company?
- Do they need to present and persuade others on a course of action?
- Is this a senior, junior, or entry-level position?
- What are the most difficult parts of this position?
- Will this role require any travelling?
- Will there be regular ongoing responsibilities, or is it project-based?
- Are there bonuses or commission for hitting certain targets?