This factsheet was last updated in November 2015.
What is the process of selecting candidates?
Selecting candidates involves two main processes: shortlisting, and assessing applicants to decide who should be made a job offer. It is a crucial stage in the overall recruitment process. This factsheet focuses on interviewing, psychometric testing and assessment centres.
Candidates’ applications may arrive as a curriculum vitae (CV) or an application form. Whatever form they are in, it’s important to make sure that everyone involved in the selection process, from the shortlisting stage onwards, understands not just the need to avoid unfair discrimination and the potential risk to the organisation’s reputation should a candidate make a tribunal claim, but the benefits a diverse workforce can bring to an organisation.
Technology plays an increasingly important role in recruitment ranging from attracting candidates through to the selection process. Online recruitment can mean employers receive large numbers of applications from unsuitable candidates, but there are tools and techniques that can help slim down the number of potential candidates.
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