Paul Phillips

How to spot star quality in interview candidates

Great applicants show their leadership potential by putting the learner first, advises one principal

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Fifteen years ago, I fired all but one of my managers and started again with a clean slate. I had recently been appointed principal and I believed that everyone needed to share my entrepreneurial ethos if the college was to survive.

Since then, I have made a point of personally interviewing every single person shortlisted for a job with us at Weston College. Whether they are a caretaker, a lecturer, a student services officer, a curriculum manager, a head of faculty or anything else, it doesn’t matter – I interview them all.

Back in 2001, the college had a staff of about 300; now we have ...

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