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Recruiting Managers

Great managers aren't always easy to find, but check out our search tips to help you find one.

You can find lots of support resources on this page, including search packs, vacancy packs and application and nomination forms, for County Commissioner (CC), District Commissioner (DC) and Group Scout Leader (GSL) roles. The search packs are designed to support the search team through each stage of the process.

If you're looking for other roles and tasks, visit our recruiting volunteers page for more support and information. We have added some extra details about using the search tools remotely. Although relevant whilst social distancing is in place, many of the tips will be useful even when things return to normal.

A great place to start here is with the search pack. It outlines how to find the right people to be part of your search team, and all the steps to follow.

Forming a search group

Once you've selected the right people to make up your search group, why not set up an initial meeting online. Make sure everyone is comfortable with the technology and that cameras and microphones work. Use this time to talk to and get to know each other as well as thinking through the practicalities of the Search.  You can agree time lines and what resources you will send out.

Carrying out a search

Once the search is open, and you've scoped out your local area, you might want to hold an online information evening to tell people in the Group or District about the role and start some name generation. Think about a presentation with interactive polls or whiteboards where attendees can input in an interactive way about what characteristics they think are needed from the role. You can ask them to submit a name as a nomination to you at the end of the exercise, and you could use a google form or survey to make this anonymous.


The next thing to consider is where you could advertise your vacancy in your local area.


Once the search is open, and you've scoped out your local area and know where you can advertise, its time to start bringing together the search group.


At the end of the Search, meet electronically with the search team to generate a long list of names before shortlisting. You could do this by working through the roles on compass as well as getting people to think outside the box.

Make sure you end up with three or more names on your shortlist and agree who is going to contact them and ask them to come to interview.


For the interviews online tools like Zoom and Teams work really well. Make sure you send out an invite with all the instructions and think about timings for the day. You don't want people entering the meeting and crashing someone else's interview so make use of the Lobby and the break out rooms. Make sure the panelists all arrive early and you give a telephone number and email address of someone that can help both panelists and applicants on the day.

Its really important to let people know your not judging them on the use of technology especially if you are doing presentations. Let them know its content not swanky power-points you're looking for.

Lastly make sure you leave time for the panelists to relax between interviews, top up their tea and to chat afterwards to make your recommendations. 

For sample interview questions please take a look at the links below: