Directorate for Legal Services, sift criteria: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00832
Date received: 14 March 2018
Date responded: 21 March 2018

Information requested

Copy of the sift criteria.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested.

In addition to the guidance I thought it would also be helpful to explain that candidates are sifted against the essential criteria set out in the job advert. For this recruitment the essential criteria was as follows:

1. A knowledge of the law as it affects government in Scotland.

2. Ability to organise and manage your own workload in a flexible way to respond to competing priorities effectively.

3. Ability to work well as part of an effective team, both in leadership and contributing roles.

4. Ability to manage information and interpret data to enable you to make sound decisions.

5. Strong interpersonal and excellent communication (written and oral), with the ability to establish and build strong working relationships and convey complex issues clearly and concisely.

Each criteria was then scored on the following basis:

0 – Not Met Criteria

1 – Met Criteria

2 – Exceeded the Criteria

Applicants had to score at least a 1 against each essential criteria in order to be considered for an interview.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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