Selecting staff comprises two main stages: shortlisting and assessment. Throughout both stages employers should ensure that their selection methods ensure candidates are treated fairly, without discrimination or bias, and that selections are made based on the candidate’s ability to perform the role, contribute to the organisation and their potential for development.

This factsheet focuses on the interviewing stage of the selection process and the purpose of the interview for both the employer and the candidate. It covers the limitations of interviewing and how organisations might avoid common pitfalls. And finally, it takes a closer look at the practicalities of psychometric testing, assessment centres and pre-employment checks, such as references.

CIPD viewpoint

What is the process of selecting candidates?

The role of selection interviewing

Psychometric testing

Assessment centres

Using references

References

Useful contacts and further reading

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