Best Practice

How to pick the right candidates for interview

Interview shortlisting is a vital stage of recruitment. Kaley Foran looks at how to ensure your school’s shortlisting process is fair and can stand up to scrutiny if a decision is challenged

Use fair criteria and rely only on evidence outlined in the application. Make your shortlisting system clear and straightforward. Shortlist your candidates based only on:

Use a checklist to help you decide which candidates to shortlist. You can tick to indicate where criteria are met. Alternatively, use a scoring system to help you decide the extent to which a candidate meets a particular criterion. For example you could use the following scoring system:

Set a points threshold for candidates to progress to the next round. Your threshold might be the total score if a candidate scores two in all criteria, for example. You might set the bar higher or lower depending on the amount of experience you are looking for in candidates.

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