Candidate Selection

This section of the toolkit provides helpful information to hiring managers on conducting a shortlist, as well as avoiding unconscious bias.


Shortlisting takes place once the closing date has passed, and candidate applications are measured against the requirements specified in the person specification.

The shortlist panel will focus on the skills, abilities and potential of each candidate and the assessment criteria is applied uniformly to each candidate.

In line with the School's anonymised applications process, the personal details of applicants for professional services roles will be witheld from the recruitment panel until shortlisting has been completed.

Avoiding Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias can influence decisions throughout the employee lifecycle, including recruitment, promotion and performance management.

Download the Avoiding Unconscious Bias guide here to learn what to consider when shortlisting candidates.

Shortlisting Guidance

This stage in the recruitment and selection process is essential, and the rest of the process relies on candidate assessment that puts forward the best candidates for interview.

Download the Shortlisting Guidance here to learn more about shortlisting, frequently asked questions, and recording your decisions on the e-Recruitment system.

A useful Shortlisting Matrix Example is also available here.