Interview Panels


Show Me That I Matter / Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service, leads a team of Young Interviewers.

The aim of having a Young persons interview panel is to make sure the council is employing the right people to work with Children and young people. A professionals interview panel does not always ask the questions that young people would like to know and tends to focus more on the qualification and experience a candidate has.

Young people are good at thinking outside the box, and they know what they want and what they need from the people who work with them. Having a Young persons Interview panel can be a great opportunity for a recruiting team to find out if there candidate is really any good at interacting with young people and paints a more round picture of there skills and attributes.

SMTIM Young interviewers have been trained to a professional standard, and the interview panels are an evermore expanding success.

Although SMTIM has run interview panels in different ways in the past the most common format is:

  • One professional panel (recruiting team) + One Young person’s panel. After the professionals have interviewed the candidate, and the young people have interviewed all the candidates, both panels will meet up and give feedback and thoughts about the candidates.

We have plenty more information about the all-round benefits of having a young person’s interview panel. If you have interviews coming up and would like to have a young person’s panel you can get in touch to find out more.


If you are a young person in care/care leaver under the age of 21/ or know a young person that may be interested in being involved in any of our groups you can register interest in a couple of ways.