Advertising a job and interviewing candidates


This guide takes you through the different stages of the recruitment process, from deciding what you need and how you are going to advertise, through to preparing for and carrying out the interview.

It includes information about:

  • job descriptions and person specifications
  • advertising your job
  • employment agencies
  • assessing applicants
  • shortlisting and interviewing candidates

Writing a good job advert

A good job advertisement should:

  • give enough information so that candidates can decide whether to apply – eg give the location, pay range, summary of role and length of contract
  • state the skills and experience needed for the role
  • not discriminate
  • state if applicants should send a CV or complete an application form
  • state a deadline for responses

See the page in nibusinessinfo’s guide on writing a person specification and job description.

You can also download good practice guidance for employers on recruitment advertising from the Equality Commission Northern Ireland website (PDF, 578K).