Interviews and Assessments

Having defined the role, attracted the candidates and managed the applications received, you are now at the interview stage of the recruitment process.


The most common type of interview is an initial face to face where a panel meets the candidate and interviews them about their application and competencies.

In some cases, the interview may also include a presentation and/or practical assessment.

Interview and Assessment Preparation

This section provides useful information on preparing for and structuring your interviews, as well as the role of a chair and useful information for new panel members.

Download the Interview Preparation Guidance here.

Interview Guidance

This section of the toolkit has been created to support you with interviewing. It provides you with an overview of what good practice interviewing looks like and what legal obligations you should be aware of, particularly with regards to avoiding discrimination.

Download the Guide to Interviewing Candidates here.

Competency Interview Framework

This guidance has been prepared to help you establish what competency, behavioural and technical / skills based questions to ask candidates at interview.

Download the Competency Interview Guide here.