Each candidate application is split as follows:
- Part 1: Information for Shortlisting & Interviewing
- Part 2: Personal Information & Declaration
- Part 3: Equal Opportunities Monitoring
The reason for this is to protect candidate personal data. In order to shortlist and interview, you only need a specific information from each candidate (all this can be found in ‘Part 1 – Information for Shortlisting and Interviewing’).
For the purpose of shortlisting, the panel do not need to know personal data such as the person’s name, age, sex, ethnicity, address, etc. By not being able to see personal information, it minimises the risk of discrimination and protects candidate personal data. Of course, background checks and verifications will be necessary which can be found in Part 2 of the application.
The candidate application process of being able to easily detach personal data is very much considered ‘best practice’. When downloading applications there is the option to download the full application or each ‘part’ separately. If split, each application can easily be matched using the candidate reference number at the top of each application.