How are the Awards judged following the closing date?
1st Phase Judging: Written entries
Written entries will be read by an independent group of industry experts, who will compile a shortlist of Finalists. The list of finalists will appear on the CNW website.
2nd Phase Judging: Interviews
- Category finalists (with exception of Contact Centre of the Year – see below) will be invited via Zoom to ‘VIRTUALLY’ meet an independent panel of judges where following introductions they will be required to deliver a 10-minute presentation followed by judge’s questions. The allocated time for each judging session is 25 mins.
- Nominating Managers are asked to fully brief members of their teams as it is important that ALL finalists are prepared. They are expected to ‘bring their written entry to life’ with this 10-minute presentation to the online judging panel using whatever props they may wish to use. They should be advised not to assume that the judges know anything about their entry or what they have achieved…….the judges like to hear a story and feel free to inject a sense of humour!
- Please also ensure that your organisation/IT department will authorise you to attend these interviews using ZOOM and that your finalists familiarise themselves with this package should they wish to display any supporting material on the screen.
- The dates for panel judging for all categories other than Contact Centre of the Year are Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th September. Please note no other dates will be available so please ensure any nominated members of your team will be available at this time.
- Contact Centre of the Year finalists will also be required to showcase their centre on Zoom to a judging panel of industry professionals. This will include introductions, a 20-min presentation and if possible, a 3-min video tour of the Centre followed by judges’ questions. The allocated time for each of these judging sessions is 40 mins.
- The dates for Contact Centre of the Year judging are Thursday 9th & Friday 10th September Please note no other dates will be available so please ensure any nominated members of your team will be available at this time.
- Please note that the Hero of the Year category will be judged on the written entry only and these finalists will NOT have to attend a judging session.
How to become a judge
There is an opportunity to become involved as a judge for the second phase of judging. You must be a Call or Contact Centre professional (Manager or above) or employed within an organisation that supports the sector and have at least 5 year’s experience within the industry (preference will be given to Call North West members).
Judges will need to be available on one or more dates outlined above to judge the shortlisted finalists in the appropriate categories. If you are interested in becoming a judge please email firstname.lastname@example.org who will send you a form to complete. We will ensure that there is no conflict of interest when selecting the judges.