Finding the right talent isn't always as easy as it sounds. Simply throwing together a basic job description and pairing a résumé may find a candidate who can complete the duties on paper, but it doesn't necessarily mean that candidate is a good match for the position or company. So much of an employee's success at an organization depends on whether the cultural fit is right, and a basic job description isn't enough to determine how an employee will adapt.

Instead, employers should also include a daily job preview in the description, says Sheryl Kovach, president and CEO of Kandor Group, a human resources consulting firm in Houston. This allows a candidate to do a self-assessment to decide if the job would be a good match.

"Employers need to provide a realistic job preview of what the job is like day to day," Kovach says. "Just by reading a job description, it doesn't provide insight into the daily dynamics in terms of what kind of people and personalities the hire would be working with and what are some of the challenges facing that company and industry. Those are important to know and to disclose to candidates, so they know what they're getting into."

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