We have recently undergone a recruitment exercise and appointed a very good candidate. However we also have 2 other candidates who are placed on reserve as they also demonstrated the level required to do the job. My question is that we may have a similar type role (job titles not the same but nuts and bolts of the job are comparable) coming up in the future for which we believe the reserve candidates would be suitable. Would we be able to offer the candidates these posts without going through the full recruitment process?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 October 2011
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
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Employers regularly use reserve lists for positions where more than one candidate is deemed suitable for a vacancy. It is important that this list is operated and carried out in line with any recruitment and selection policies within the employer’s organisation.

Candidates should be informed at any early stage that a reserve list may be kept. This is to allow candidates to make an informed decision when applying and may impact upon the number of applicants applying for the position. Candidates should also be informed of the length of time the reserve list will last for. It is important to put a time limit on the reserve list, normally no longer than six to twelve months, unless there are

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