The online stage of the recruitment process for the army of volunteers needed to staff The London 2012 Olympic Games has seen more than 250,000 people submit online applications.

The process is now being moved onto the next stage, which will see nearly 2,500 interviewers sit down over the course of 14 months to grill more than 100,000 people who have been selected from the pool of applicants.

The result of the staff recruitment process will be a 70,000 strong team of volunteers, known as the Games Makers.

East London’s ExCel exhibition centre will be the largest of eight selection centres spread across the country, processing the highest number of applicants in what is the largest peace-time recruitment drive ever seen in the UK.

The chairman of the London Olympics, Lord Coe, said that the demands on the prospective volunteers will be high, but they are expecting to face a glut of able and enthusiastic candidates.

“We want the best of the best – that’s what people are expecting of London. Our involvement is not a historic one. It is about added value,” he said. “The interview process is a huge undertaking but vitally important to find the right people for the success of the London 2012 Games.”

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