During shortlisting you will be scored against a scoring system based on a nationally agreed person specification.

You will be scored according to the content in your application including (but not limited to) your experience, achievements and qualifications. The scoring systems used are based upon the nationally agreed person specification. Where applicable, details of the scoring scheme will be made available.

Not all specialty recruitment processes use shortlisting. However, where shortlisting takes place, the applications which pass the eligibility checks will go ahead to be scored. The top-scoring applicants will be invited to interview or assessment. Typically, more applicants will be invited to interview than the number of posts available.

Due to the large volume of applications, some recruitment offices will only contact you if you are being invited to interview.

If you are unsuccessful at the shortlisting stage, you will receive feedback from the lead recruiter. This will consist of:

  • your shortlisting score and/or rank
  • maximum possible shortlist score
  • shortlist score and/or rank required to be invited to interview

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2023
Next review due: 31 August 2024