Teenage interviewers are an advantage in mental health recruitment

  • DATE 18/01/2017

Research presented in Liverpool on January 18th by Sophie Allan and Dr Emma Hill from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to the annual conference

of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology in Liverpool backs this theory up. Recruiting Times, Recruiter News, HR News, Recruitment Supplier Directory, Recruitment Courses, HR Courses.

The two researchers evaluated seven job interviews where candidates had been questioned by a panel of young people who had experience of using mental health services, as well as by a conventional professional interview panel.

The job positions ranged from receptionists to consultant psychiatrists. The people surveyed consisted of 9 members of a young people’s panel (YPP), 13 professionals who had served on a professional interview panel and 14 job candidates.

The young people’s input was proven to be most helpful as they asked important questions and also provided unique information to the appointing officer. Young people felt listened to and the experience had a positive effect on their wellbeing.

Young people said “I felt really positive about the process”, “our opinions were really taken on board” and “I have grown in confidence and self-esteem”. A member of the professional panel wrote that it was: “Very useful to hear the service users’ ‘voices’ and to get a different perspective.”


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