Job analysis, the in-depth study of a given job to determine the duties and specific tasks that employees in that job would be expected to perform, is a fundamental tool for the practice of industrial/organizational psychology. Analyzing a job involves the determination of what tasks make up a job, the tasks’ relative importance, and what knowledge, skills, abilities and "others" (e.g., personality traits) are necessary to successfully carry out those tasks. Results from job analysis studies typically yield both job descriptions and lists of knowledge, skills, abilities and other attributes that may be required of individuals who perform these jobs.
The result of job analysis studies can be of paramount importance in determining pre-employment selection criteria (i.e., test scores, educational requirements, physical abilities, etc.), performance evaluation criteria, training needs, salary ranges, etc. In essence, all human resource or personnel decisions should ultimately be rooted in the results of detailed and thorough job analysis. I/O Solutions' team has developed and perfected job analysis techniques to investigate, observe, and measure the critical elements of a job. Be it the start of developing a valid assessment tool, or simply to update job descriptions, I/O is more than apt to service your needs.