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A Job Description Guide from Harvard Business School


• What characteristics differentiate your organization from your competitors?
• What is the culture of your organization or team?
• What makes this job unique?
• Is this role part of a structured program (i.e., formal summer internship program, leadership development or rotational program)?
• What responsibilities will this role hold?
• What are some examples of day-to-day tasks for the role?
• To whom does the position report?
• Is this an independent role or a team-oriented position?
• What departments will this role collaborate with?
• Are there distinct relational opportunities in this role (i.e. working with the CEO or other senior leaders, collaborating with other interns)?
• How much travel is required or customary?
• Where are your of ces around the world?
• If posting an internship, can this role lead to a full-time position? Is there a particular project the role will focus on? Are there examples of projects from past years if a current project is not yet con rmed?
• What unique long-term career opportunities are typically available for someone in this role?


• How many years of experience are required? When posting a job at HBS, you may want to select Alumni as the Job Audience if you’re seeking more experienced talent.
• Are there skills your company values that might be represented in industries or functions different from those in your job description?
• Are dual degree candidates, i.e. JD/MBA, MD/MBA, MPP/MBA, MPA/ID-MBA encouraged to apply?
• In addition to skills, are there personal qualities you’re seeking which would make a candidate a particularly good t with your organization?
• What can a candidate expect from your recruiting process?
• Is there a particular type of interview you plan to conduct (e.g. case interview, behavioral interview)?

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Job Description Guide – Recruiting – Harvard Business School


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