(19) Interviewing and Recruitment Skills (Novotel London City South, London 17 March 2020)

This course is for:
Leaders of all levels with responsibility for interviewing and recruiting staff in independent schools.

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

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 – 12:45

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