The A-Z Pre-Employment Guide for employers & employees



Q. What qualifications should an employer ask for?

A. That will depend entirely on the nature of the job.

Every job has competencies which successful applicants need to perform to a reasonable standard. In some cases, a specific qualification such as a relevant specialist degree or a technical or trades qualification is essential. Some occupations require formal qualifications, as part of professional accreditation, such as a medical degree for doctors. In other cases qualifications may not be essential to the job.

Employers should ensure that in job advertising, shortlisting for interviews, and the interview process, the qualifications they're seeking are both necessary and relevant for the job.

In their CVs and job applications, applicants need to make the most of their experience and how it relates to the skills required for the job. For example, volunteer or unpaid work may involve skills such as time management, budgeting, administration, and relationship management that are transferable and relevant to a paid job.

See also: Honesty