Three-Fourths of HR Professionals Use Job Analysis Data for Recruitment, New SHRM Survey Finds

Dec 11, 2014
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of organizations use information collected through job analysis activities for recruitment purposes including job listings, according to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey released today.

Job analysis, the process of examining and analyzing the criteria needed to perform a job’s duties and tasks, typically includes a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. The survey was commissioned by and completed in collaboration with ACT, an Iowa-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success.

“Other SHRM research reports have shown that many HR professionals are currently struggling to recruit qualified candidates,” said Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s survey programs. “For that reason, having an accurate job description that reflects the required skills for success is more important than ever as a piece of the recruitment process.”

According to the survey, other uses of job analysis included performance management (72 percent), compensation (69 percent) and training (61 percent). The top three methods to conduct job analysis were interviews (50 percent), observation (33 percent) and a structured questionnaire (27 percent).

“It is critical for HR departments to clearly understand how jobs are performed at all levels, so HR professionals can properly perform their own job duties,” explained Bettina Deynes, vice president of HR and diversity at SHRM. “This is where job analysis is helpful. It is helpful not only in recruiting but in completing various performance management tasks as well.” 

Roughly one-half (51 percent) of HR professionals have participated in at least one formal or informal job analysis-related activity, and 45 percent of HR professionals have used information from job analyses for purposes beyond identifying what was required for a job/role, such as developing interview questions and performance appraisal systems. 

SHRM surveyed 459 of its randomly selected members throughout the United States. The survey margin of error was plus or minus 5 percent.

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