Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Direct Service Workers to Provide Self-Directed HCBS

What is the Difference Between a Job Description and a Realistic Job Preview?

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Job descriptions  and realistic job previews have different uses. Both have important information for job candidates.

  • Job Description: A job description clearly states the job requirements, duties, responsibilities, and skills needed to perform the job.
  • Realistic Job Preview: A realistic job preview is used to share both the good and bad aspects of a job. Realistic job previews can help candidates learn more about the work environment, duties, and expectations to help them decide if they are a good match.