Position design and posting

Analysis and Design

Training position analysis and design is critical in achieving the best selection outcome. Analysing a training position involves reviewing and determining the essential tasks and key result areas (i.e. the main priorities, outcomes or functions) required of the role. In a Basic Training position, a key result area could be ensuring all referrals from the emergency department are seen to and reviewed in a timely manner. By establishing the essential tasks and key result areas, it is then possible to determine the specific skills, knowledge, experience and attitudes the position demands.

Results from this analysis assist the development of the essential selection criteria, which applicants will be assessed against for suitability for the position, as well as identifying the best tools for making candidate selection.

Selection Committees should incorporate position analysis and review into their selection process on a regular basis. This ensures that the training position description and selection criteria remains relevant to the requirements of the position and environment in which the trainee is employed.

Best practice approach

How to conduct a thorough position analysis and design process.

1. Understand the tasks required of the position

You need to develop a list by observing or interviewing job experts and reviewing similar position descriptions.

2. Understand the crucial outcomes and objectives of the positions

Develop your Key Result Areas by observing or interviewing job experts, reviewing capability frameworks and asking job experts to prioritise key tasks.

Resource: RACP Professional Practice Framework and Curricula Public Sector Frameworks.

3. Develop selection criteria

Create a clear and succinct selection criteria to reflect Key Result Areas.

Resource: RACP Selection into Basic Training policy

4. Revise position description

Develop a new or modify your existing position description

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