Interviews and the role of the Chair

An interview can be described as a ‘conversation with a purpose’. At Brookes a traditional interview will nearly always form a core part of the recruitment and selection process.

The Chair of the interview panel is normally the recruiting manager/line manager. However, this may vary, depending on the specific circumstances of the vacancy. As lead representative of the University on the interview panel, the role of the Chair is to ensure that:

  • fair and equitable practice is positively promoted throughout all selection action and sound decisions are made in the selection of candidates.
  • selection action is non-discriminatory
  • selection action is conducted with integrity and any inappropriate behaviour is challenged.
  • all selection action is undertaken in accordance with University policy.
  • the University is promoted as an employer of choice, and even unsuccessful candidates are left with a favourable impression.
  • strict confidentiality is maintained at all times during the selection process.

The role of the Chair

The responsibilities of the Chair include the following:


See also Decision making and making an offer of employment for additional Chair responsibilities.

The role of panel members

The main role of panel members is to measure the performance of candidates against objective interview criteria based on role requirements and input to the appointment decision in conjunction with the other panel members.

Panel members will:

  • commit the time needed to study the applications and fully participate in the recruitment and selection process, including attending pre-interview meeting(s)
  • in discussion with the Chair, help compose questions for the candidates based around the Person Specification, and will agree a set of questions they will be responsible for asking each candidate.
  • ensure fair and equitable practice in their actions, and all panel members are encouraged to be aware of their own biases and to challenge any biases and assumptions made by fellow panel members.
  • to listen and to keep good, factual notes
  • to contribute constructively to the decision-making stage
  • if necessary, to join post-selection meetings.