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Selection methods

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This factsheet was last updated in May 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 is important to make sure that all of those who are involved in the selection process, from the shortlisting stage onwards, are aware of the need to avoid unfair discrimination and the potential risk to the organisation’s reputation should a candidate make a tribunal claim.

Technology plays an increasingly important role in recruitment ranging from attracting candidates through to the selection process. Using online recruitment can mean employers receive large numbers of applications from unsuitable candidates. To help manage this, electronic techniques can be used to slim down the number of potential candidates.

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