Minimum qualifications is a term used in job descriptions to refer to the skills and experience needed for a particular position.
Hiring managers often make a distinction between minimum and preferred qualifications, with the latter denoting the employer’s ideal candidate. Listing minimum qualifications on a job description can be helpful for both the employer and candidate, in order to establish expectations. Depending on the employer and the hiring process, some candidates may be given the opportunity to apply without meeting the minimum qualifications, and some may have related skills that qualify them for the position. For instance, hiring managers seeking a candidate with a high school diploma may have no issue hiring someone with a GED. In general, however, listing minimum qualifications can help prevent an influx of applications that don’t meet the standards the employer is looking for.
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