Dear Blaby District Council,

Human Resources

Please inform me what questions were used in the interview for the Monitoring Officer OR Head of Legal OR Deputy Head of Legal roles (OR similar senior legal roles within the Council).

Please inform me of the guided/model answers for the above interview?

Please inform me about what the interview comprised i.e. interview and presentation? psychometric testing?

Was an external organisation instructed to carry out the above process?

Yours faithfully,

Linsey Preston

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

Dear Linsey Preston,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-21-291

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Information Governance Team, Blaby District Council

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

Dear Linsey Preston,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-21-291

Please find below a response to your request for information, which was received on 24/03/2021, and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 200 (“the Act”).

Please inform me what questions were used in the interview for the Monitoring Officer OR Head of Legal OR Deputy Head of Legal roles (OR similar senior legal roles within the Council).

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you are applying for this job.
2. What 3 priorities would you set yourself to achieve within the first three months?
3. How will you lead the new team and gain the respect of your team to ensure the team are united, high performing and have a clear vision?
4. Can you give an example of an occasion when you have had to challenge and manage poor performance? How did you go about it, and what was the outcome? What would you do differently?
5. What does an effective and efficient DS team look like?
6. Give an example of where you have dealt with a politically sensitive issue, what did you learn?
7. Give an example of how you have personally helped an elected member to improve their role as a community champion.
8. In the current climate of political change and austerity, what do you see are the major challenges to delivering good scrutiny?
How would you overcome these barriers?
9. We buy our legal service from a neighbouring authority – what measures would you use to evaluate how successful the service is?
10. Responding to FOI requests now a major challenge, given the increased number and complexity of requests. How would you ensure this is managed effectively?
11. We have nominated contract managers for our key contracts. On a practical level, how would you see your role as you have responsibility for overseeing all of BDC’s contractual arrangements?
12. How is a Housing Officer’s job impacted by the design of a Council’s Constitution?
13. How would you engage public interest in local democracy?
14. Give an example of when you have implemented a strategy, what would you do differently?

Please inform me of the guided/model answers for the above interview?

We only hold indicative answers for questions 10 & 13.

10. Training staff, use of website, keep enquiries to a minimum, understanding costs & legislation

13. Link to responsive and effective delivery, low risks to council, communication

Please inform me about what the interview comprised i.e. interview and presentation? psychometric testing?

Presentation & Formal Interview, Group Exercise, Report Exercise, Thomas International PPA (Personal Profile Analysis), Informal Discussion with Team

Was an external organisation instructed to carry out the above process?

No

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If you have any further queries, please email [email address] quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team, Blaby District Council
To find out about how we use the personal information you have supplied us please review our privacy notice on our website.

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