Recruitment: your step-by-step guide

Keep on top of every stage in the recruitment process with links to our guidance and resources all in 1 place. Get to grips with everything from finding applicants and shortlisting candidates, to pre-employment checks and staff induction. Plus, see our tips for safer recruitment every step of the way.

Last reviewed on 16 February 2024
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  1. 1. Be clear on the rules
  2. 2. Decide who will be involved
  3. 3. Create your application package
  4. 4. Shortlist candidates
  5. 5. Carry out pre-interview checks
  6. 6. Hold interviews
  7. 7. Make your decisions
  8. 8. Carry out pre-employment checks
  9. 9. Induct new staff

If you're looking for candidates within your own school, read our guide on how to do internal recruitment.

If you're recruiting overseas candidates, make sure you understand visa rules with our guide to employing overseas staff.

Remember that safer recruitment is a key part of the whole recruitment process, rather than an add-on. See our tips throughout the article for how you can embed safer recruitment practices into your recruitment process.

1. Be clear on the rules

When recruiting for a role, make sure you're following all the relevant guidance and procedures from start to finish. This includes:

2. Decide who

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