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Criteria Based Selection and Competency Based Interview Skills

14 Mar 2018
13:00 - 15:00
Law Society House, 96 Victoria Street, Belfast See Details

DATE(S): Wednesday 14 March 2018

TIME: 1pm – 3pm

VENUE(S): Law Society House, Belfast

COST: £70

CPD HOURS: 2 General Group Study


Criteria based assessment is the primary method of selection used by the statutory agencies in the Criminal Justice system in Northern Ireland, as well as across the wider public sector in general. Taking a criteria-based approach to selection means assessing an individual’s specific skills, knowledge, experience and competencies as they pertain to a particular job. The criteria based approach to selection often includes a competency based interview and this type of approach to interviewing is often viewed with trepidation by candidates. This is because the format of the competency based interview is very different to unstructured interviews and requires a specific approach in order to succeed. As with any technique, understanding and practice enhances skills.

This practical seminar is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the Criteria-Based approach to selection as well as providing practical tips and guidance on how to complete an application form and structure your interview responses using a competency based approach.

Fiona Keenan, Director of Keenan HR Consulting Limited, will deliver the session. Fiona is recognised as being a specialist trainer on the Criteria Based approach to selection. Fiona has over 20 years professional experience in the fields of recruitment, selection and interview coaching and has been using and training others in the use of the criteria based approach to selection for more than 17 years. She has previously held Senior Management positions for Marks and Spencer plc, Vision Information Consulting and was a senior manager for the HR Consultancy Team at Deloitte Consulting.

Fiona has also served as an Independent Assessor for the Office of Public Appointments for seven years, a Judicial Appointments Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, a Non Executive Director for the Department of Education and as an internal verifier for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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