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Conducting senior leadership team recruitment interviews
What is good practice for conducting senior leadership team interviews? We look at guidance on selection panels, planning, arranging and conducting interviews, and techniques for effective interviewing. You can also download a KeyDoc interview record sheet.
Shortlisting and preparing
Guidance on recruiting members of the senior leadership team (SLT) was published in 2006 by the National College for School Leadership, now the National College for Teaching and Leadership (National College).
It recommends shortlisting no more than six candidates for interview "based on your threshold criteria and whichever essential criteria can be discerned from the application form".
Suggested tasks to do before the interviews are listed on page 16. They include:
- Preparing an assessment grid for each exercise to be used
- Ensuring that all questions and exercises relate to one or more of the pre-agreed selection criteria
- Preparing panel members to ask good questions
Who will chair the interviews or selection activities, explain the purpose of the interview and ask the opening and closing questions Who will ask the questions, and how the answers will be probed What type of responses to
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