Recruiting 101: What Is a Job Requisition?

What is a job requisition?

What is a job requisition?

A job requisition is a document used to request a hire, explain why it is needed, and determine the budget available for the role. Hiring managers fill out a job requisition when they wish to create a new position or refill an existing, vacated position.

A job requisition often includes:

  • The position title
  • The name of the hiring manager requesting the hire
  • The department, team, or project the role would belong to
  • Whether the position is full-time or part-time, permanent or contract
  • The preferred start date
  • The salary range, hourly rate, or pay grade
  • If the hire would be a replacement, reallocation, or new hire
  • Whether the role is budgeted for, or not budgeted for
  • Justification for making a new hire
  • A new or updated job description

Getting approval to hire

The job requisition typically requires approval from human resources, to ensure it aligns with company policy and strategy, and approval from the finance department, to confirm the proposed pay aligns with the available budget.

Initiating recruitment

Once approved, the job requisition is used to guide recruitment. It may be delegated to an internal recruiter tasked with filling the role, or it may be sent to a recruitment agency to initiate a search for suitable candidates.

Is a job requisition different from a job description?

Yes, the job requisition is different from the job description. While the requisition specifies the need for a hire, the description lists the functions and duties of the position. Job descriptions accompany job requisitions to create a complete picture of the hire needed.

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