What might they ask me at a fit person interview? | QCS

I’m due to have the CQC fit person interview for registered managers.

Do you have a list of potential questions they may ask me?

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott


Dear L,


I am afraid I don’t have a list of questions but ….


I hope you have looked at CQC’s website for the answer to your question. This is what they say:


16. Will CQC make a visit or any interviews as part of this process?

Where a manager is not currently registered we will arrange a meeting or interview to assess their fitness and to look at the documents listed in the checklist on the application form. Interviews may be face-to-face or conducted over the telephone.  This may be on-site or at one of CQC’s regional office.


We understand that interviews can sometimes be stressful for some people, so we will make every effort to allow the interviewee to be at ease and demonstrate their abilities and experience.


Where a manager is already registered, we will judge whether we need to interview them again. We may choose to carry out a focused interview relating specifically to the change being applied for. For example, adding a new regulated activity.


17. What is the purpose of the fit person interview?

This is to assess the applicant’s fitness to be registered – not their suitability for the particular job. These are not job interviews – we use them to assess fitness against the criteria in the regulations.


We use this interview to verify the information we have and to gather new information to help us make a judgement about the fitness of the applicant.


It is not a test that the applicant passes or fails. Matters can be re-visited and assessed outside of the interview.


It is the provider’s responsibility to appoint managers. The provider has a right to appoint any person they wish, but they must be able to show us that anyone they put forward as a manager meets the fitness criteria.


We must always ask questions about how the applicant intends to promote equality and diversity within their service. By doing this, we should be able to make judgements about how the applicant values people’s rights as individuals and what measures they intend to put in place to ensure that people can live the life they choose.




The things that CQC are interested in are:

  • Good character
  • Honesty, Trustworthiness and Integrity. They will want to be sure that you are law abiding and understand the need to work within the law as a Registered Manager.
  • They will have looked closely at your DBS disclosure and employment history and may question you about that.
  • They will be interested in any qualifications you have.
  • All areas are important, however, don’t just focus on the personalised care and support side of the services for which you will have responsibility; think about other areas too such as HR issues like recruitment, disciplinary procedures and training as well as important subjects such as safeguarding, health and safety and Quality Assurance.

You should make sure that you are familiar with the Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs} and that you have considered what your leadership skills are. You are not expected to know these off by heart but you should have a good overarching knowledge.


I hope this is helpful.


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