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As there are so many candidates applying for jobs at the moment (with completely wrong qualifications etc) we need a good technique for filtering candidates without looking like being discriminatory.

Why don’t you use National Occupational Standards (NOS) as the basis for filtering the good from the not-so-good?  For each job area in the fashion and textiles sector, there is a set of NOS, which set out what someone in that role should be able to do, and what knowledge and skills they should have.  NOS are created in consultation with employers, so if you use them to help pick your candidate, you should get someone who meets the industry standard.  Visit:

Linda Florance, Chief Executive, Skillfast-UK

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  • I heard of a company in the city (not fashion) who would interview all the applicants and offer temporary receptionist jobs to possibles to assess their personality and ability traits. Someone I know started the week as a receptionist and at the end of the month was offered the senior position she originally wanted. Her boss said it was their way of asessing suitable candidates. She didnt complain.

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