(22) Interviewing and Recruitment Skills, (The Grand Connaught Rooms, 7 March 2017)


This course aims to:

By the end of this session we should understand the details of best practice through objective interviewing for selection and recruitment of new staff or current staff for new positions:

We will look at:

  • Avoiding first impression decisions and ensuring  that choices made are fair, objective and evidence based
  • Understanding the dimensions required to fill the role
  • Working confidently with a structured question bank
  • Laying out and preparing an interview room
  • Different question types ( open, closed, leading, hypothetical) and their value within the process
  • Employment Law within the selection process (briefly and appropriately!)
  • Recognised and structured approaches

i. Competency based / behavioural

ii. Biographical

iii. Critical incidents

  • Extracting  all information and evidence from each candidate  to make an objective decision
    • Giving information re: the role and the school
    • Working on appropriate body language and  ‘Active Listening’ techniques


  • Taking accurate  notes for records and feedback


  • Ensuring positive candidate care


This course is for:

Leaders of all levels with responsibility for interviewing and recruiting staff in independent schools.

Course outline: 

09:45 - 10:00

    Arrival, registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:15

    Welcome, introduction and objectives for the day

10:15 – 11:15

    Session 1.  First impressions and ensuring objectivity

  •     Job specification and understanding the ‘dimensions’

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:00

    Session 2:  Understanding candidate care

  •    Formatting the interview
  •    Setting up the room
  •    Interviewing with another person


12:00 – 12:30

   Session 3: Body language and active listening

  •    Questioning techniques to gather information and evidence
  •    ‘Funnelling’
  •    Probing

1:00 – 1:45


1:45 – 2:30

    Session 4: Structuring the interview

  •    Using an objective question bank
  •    Note taking

2:30 – 4:00

    Session 5:  Interview role play

4:00 – 4:15

    Session 6: Reflective diaries for personal on-going assessment    

4:15 – 4:30

    Questions and close




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