Recruitment and selection in the energy industry
A ScottishPower case study

Page 5: Selection

The selection process involves identifying talented individuals. The company particularly requires individuals with a business or engineering background. The diagram shows the typical steps in the selection process.

The process of selection gives candidates different ways of presenting themselves to best advantage.

  • A clear and compelling application form showing what a candidate has achieved is the first element.
  • At interview, he or she then has the opportunity of expanding and explaining their suitability for the role.
  • In assessment and role play exercises, applicants can demonstrate key competencies such as team working, planning capabilities and leadership potential. This is important as ScottishPower looks for those people who will have the capacity to develop both themselves and the business.

Selection for ScottishPower also involves identifying people with particular personal qualities including a passion for achieving the highest standards. These include, for example, having the ability to communicate and influence others.

Having these skills and capabilities within the business will help it meet itsaims and objectives. It should also give it a competitiveadvantage. In return, the new recruit benefits from comprehensive training and will have the opportunity for personal development. For example, he or she may be able to undertake further study and work towards relevant professional qualifications.

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