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The Interview Expert by John Lees

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CHAPTER FOUR

How do I move from short list to interview?

THIS CHAPTER LOOKS AT:

  • How short listing isn’t half as accurate as you thought it was
  • Improved strategies for getting past the short list stage
  • Spotting the deal-breakers
  • Getting the language right

THE ROUGH ART OF SHORT LISTING

It’s expensive to take senior staff away from other duties and put them in an interview room, so organisations need to reduce a long list of applicants down to a small number who will be called for interview – the short list.

Textbooks on recruitment and selection underline the importance of objective and fair pre-selection, or short listing. As soon as real people are involved this becomes a rather uncertain business. The aim is 100 per cent perfect prediction, ...

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