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The University’s Recruitment Policy, e-Recruit system and the information provided in the '7 steps' guidance pages below have been created to support managers with effective recruitment and selection.

Please contact Ask HR for help with your recruitment queries.


At the University of Southampton we recognise our people are the University’s greatest asset. The right recruitment and induction processes are therefore vital in ensuring that a new member of staff becomes effective in the shortest time. Our success as an organisation depends on having the right number of staff, with the right skills and abilities joining us at the right time.

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Recruitment process

Step 1 - Your recruitment plan

Tips and resources to help you plan your recruitment.

Step 2 - Defining the role

Guidance on how to clarify the role’s key duties and responsibilities, plus the key characteristics of the person who could most effectively perform the role.

Step 3 - Advertising

Information on how to write and place adverts and avoid legal pitfalls.

Step 4 - Shortlisting

Advice on conducting effective shortlisting to help ensure a quality selection of candidates, avoid discrimination and save time.

Step 5 - Interviewing and selection tests

Explains best interview practice and what the University's legal obligations are when it comes to interviewing and selection.

Step 6 - Pre-employment checks

Information on the types of employment checks carried out.

Step 7 - The offer, appointment and induction

Guidance on how to pick the best candidate and provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Policy and guidance

Policy - Recruitment

Tips for successful recruitment

e-Recruit guide

Related links

Staff apprenticeships

Concordat to support the career development of researchers



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