HR will have to retain all job interview notes

first_img Comments are closed. Employers have been warned they could end up in front of an employmenttribunal over notes taken during job interviews. Information Commissioner Elizabeth France will publish the commission codeof practice on recruitment and selection at the end of January which highlightsthe right for prospective members of staff to see an employer’s notes of theirinterview. The code aims to clarify employers’ responsibilities under the DataProtection Act 1998 which came into force on 23 October 2001. Jonathan Chamberlain, a partner at law firm Wragge & Co, said firmscould be penalised if they refuse requests to show people notes made about themduring job interviews. He warned that they are going to have to be very careful about what they putin interview notes. “There have been a lot of cases in the past where someone has gone toan employment tribunal claiming discrimination for not being employed and theinterview notes have been misplaced or lost,” said Chamberlain. “Tribunals have been suspicious of this and normally rule against theemployer. It is good practice for employers to keep interview notes. It is alsogood practice to give feedback to interviewees as to why they may not have beenchosen for the job.” Richard Baron, deputy head of the policy unit at the Institute of Directors,is concerned the regulations will affect the quality of employers’ recruitmentdecisions. “You will not get an honest opinion in interview notes and this willlead to much less reliable recruitment,” he said. The CBI defended the code’s interpretation of the law, but along with theBritish Chambers of Commerce expressed concerns about the length and clarity ofthe document. Last week it was revealed that the information commissioner is due to stepdown in November. By Paul Nelson HR will have to retain all job interview notesOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more