Writing a person specification

When looking to recruit a new member of staff particularly scientific staff, the personal specification is often overlooked. The person specification identifies the kind of person needed to fulfil the demands of the job by providing an outline of the characteristics and attributes considered essential or desirable in the ideal candidate.

A good place to start when embarking on writing a person specification is to consider the following sub-headings:

  • Knowledge and qualifications
  • Skills and experience
  • Motivation and other relevant interests
  • Behaviour or attitude
  • Transport and availability
  • Other requirements


If you would like more help compiling a person specification for a scientific vacancy, please contact CK Science and one of our specialist scientific recruitment consultants will be happy to help you.