Selection methods

Reviews candidate assessment methods, focusing on interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres, as part of the recruitment process.


Selecting staff comprises two main stages: shortlisting and assessment. Throughout both stages employers should ensure that their selection methods treat candidates 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 assessment stage of the selection process for the employer and candidate, including the role of interviewing as well as other methods such as assessment centres and psychometric testing. It covers the limitations of interviewing and how organisations might avoid common pitfalls. Finally, it takes a closer look at the practicalities of these methods, and pre-employment checks such as references.

Access the factsheet from CIPD here.

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