A longlist is an initial, large selection list of possible candidates for a tender, from which a narrower selection (the so-called shortlist) is developed. Typically, a longlist consists of up to ten candidates. For a longlist to become a shortlist, filters must be applied. This can be done based on a questionnaire, which is for example answered by the candidates themselves.
After an evaluation, the best rated candidates are placed on the shortlist. The preparation and evaluation of questionnaires is very precise and client-specific – but also very time-consuming.
Alternatively, the candidates on the longlist can be measured against previously defined criteria. This method is significantly faster, but involves more risks.