Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3a-7217
  • Recruitment in the NHS is firmly rooted in the traditional methods of the CV, the interview, and the reference. A survey of 61 large British employers (including three NHS trusts) reported in Employee Development Bulletin (1999;117:2-16) suggests that although this trinity is also universal elsewhere in the British labour market, newer methods are beginning to find favour, especially when recruiting for senior positions. Assessment centres, biodata (assuming past biographical data will be a predictor of success in post), and psychometric assessments were all used by some recruiters, though automated telephone screening seems only to be used by call centre employers.

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