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Remote Interviewing

This page contains guidance on conducting remote interviews and selection. We appreciate that this is a challenging time and the landscape changes daily, therefore we will keep this guidance under continuous review. If you have any specific queries, please contact Human Resources. Please do consider the following practical points:

  • Where recruitment has been agreed in line with the amended approval process, the Recruitment and Selection policy remains applicable.
  • In-person training has been suspended during this period. Please contact Organisational and Professional Development (email: for more information about different training options available.
  • Given the current circumstances, candidates may not be looking for new job opportunities, therefore you may not attract a strong field of applications.
  • The selection process may be suboptimal. While you can carry out interviews online using Microsoft Teams or Skype, you will need to consider how to administer other selection methods such as tests, discussion groups or teaching demonstrations, which may be important to determine the suitability of the candidate for the role. See guidance on remote interviews below.
  • It will be important for you to communicate with job applicants at all stages of the process.
  • You may find that start dates for roles you recruit to fall during a period that the University is closed. In these circumstances, we are advising that the appointment should commence as normal. However, we recognise that there may be difficulties in allocating tools to new staff to enable them to work, as well as impacting on induction processes. Careful thought will need to be given to how this is managed. You will need to keep in very regular contact with employees working remotely. Daily catch-ups with new starters are recommended.
  • If you wish to suspend any current recruitment activity, please contact your HR Administrator so live adverts can be taken down and to obtain the template email communication to send to candidates.

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