Holding an interview: your step-by-step guide

Know the rules and best practice for organising and running interviews for any role. Learn about who should sit on the panel, how to prepare your questions and how to stay compliant with discrimination law.

Last reviewed on 29 September 2022
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  1. Arrange the interviews
  2. Decide who to have on the panel
  3. Plan your questions and interview tasks
  4. Carry out the interview
  5. Conduct any interview tasks
  6. Let the candidates know about the outcome

For an overview of the whole recruitment process, take a look at our step-by-step guide to recruitment.

Arrange the interviews

Set a date and time that best suits your school

After you've created a shortlist, get in touch with candidates to arrange an interview at a time and date that best suits your school.

Try to be flexible about interview arrangements when you can be. For example, rearrange timings to allow candidates to carry out childcare responsibilities or take part in religious festivals, or to fit around their current working hours.

For candidates who live far away:

However, if a candidate can't make the interview for whatever reason