Selecting candidates

Selecting candidates 250 x 250px6Once you’ve attracted the right people to apply for jobs, the next step is to select the candidates who have the right values for your organisation. 

When selecting candidates, it’s important to look beyond just a person’s skills and experience.

For applicants who don’t have social care experience, this 'practical worksheet' helps to identify any transferrable skills they’ve gained from other life experiences.

Consider holding interviews at more flexible times to suit potential employees, outside of the traditional Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00. Ask short-listed applicants if they have any specific requirements to enable them to attend interviews.

Using behavioural rather than competence-based questions helps to ask the right questions to draw out the qualities and values needed for the role.

Our practical Values-based interviewing seminar explains what values-based recruitment is and teaches you how to do this. You’ll learn a specific interviewing technique and develop the skills to uncover candidates’ personal values.

Think about how different methods could be used to get to know potential recruits, such as informal meetings over coffee, webchats or social media to discuss vacancies.

Our 'Safe and fair recruitment guide' supports social care employers to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when carrying out criminal record checks. It helps you to implement safe and fair recruitment policies and procedures.

Download the 'Safe and fair recruitment guide' here. 

Our 'Eligibility to work in the UK checklist' includes the evidence needed to prove a person has the right to live and work in the UK. Employers could face a civil penalty if they employ illegal workers and haven’t carried out a correct right to work check.