Opinion Letter No. 91-24
November 26, 1991
Interview Scores of Applicants for Public Employment
The Judiciary must permit the public inspection and
copying of the summary of interview scores given
by interview panelists to applicants for a Budget Analyst VII position.
The interview scores summary
did not set forth the identities of the applicants who received
the corresponding scores. Because the
applicants were not identified in this record, the OIP found that
the applicants did not have a privacy
interest in the interview scores summary, and that the disclosure
of this record would not frustrate a
legitimate government function. Thus, the OIP concluded that the
interview scores summary did not
fall within the scope of any UIPA exception.
The OIP also found that the interview panelists’
notes are not required to be disclosed in order to avoid the frustration
of a legitimate government function, namely the decisionmaking function
that occurs during the selection process. Further, individually
identifiable interview notes about applicants must also be kept
confidential in order to prevent a clearly unwarranted invasion
of the identifiable applicants’ privacy interests.