Interviews are arguably the most subjective part of any selection system. As humans, we have to fight the tendency to judge people according to whether we simply like them or not, as opposed to making sure that the candidates are being graded on job-relevant characteristics.
Being inherently subjective, I suggest that interviews come after more objective components of the process such as job applications or testing.
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Candidate shortlist record form template
All members of the interview panel should normally be involved in the short-listing process. Each panel member is to read and rate independently each application on the short-listing form. When completed, the panel should meet to reach consensus on those applications to be pursued.
Hiring managers recruitment checklist form template
A simple checklist of what is involved in the recruitment process from preparing a job description and person specification, advertising the vacancy, carrying out an interview process and making an offer of employment.
Interview invitation letter template
Sending an interview invitation letter/email to candidates is important, and it needs to be optimised to increase response rate. Give candidates suggestions of some available dates and times that work for you.
The document also includes a number of optional paragraphs such as travelling expenses.
Recruitment and selection guide
The Recruitment and Selection procedure helps managers to ensure that they make an informed decision when interviewing and hiring a new employee.
Rejection after interview letter template
Use this letter to inform candidates after interviews that they didn't pass to the next round, with free text to describe the reason(s) for that decision.
The template incudes some suggestions for rejection wording.