Last Saturday, 15 March, the fourth stage of the selection process for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Volunteer Programme began. Candidates allocated to specialist areas started to be called forward for individual interviews and interviews in English. In all, 3,600 candidates – 300 per host city – will be involved in this stage.

Interviews were held last weekend in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and will continue until 13 April in the 12 host cities. Candidates who have received a message asking them to schedule a date for their interview should do so as soon as possible in the Volunteer Area on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ website.

The objective of this stage is for candidates to prove, through face-to-face interviews, that they have the qualities and skills required to work in specialist areas – such as competition services, media, protocol, medical services and transport. As well as individual interviews, English speaking tests will also be carried out in groups of ten.

Those not selected at this stage will have another chance to work as general volunteers, if there are spaces left. For this reason, it is essential they keep contact details up-to-date, since FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Volunteer Management will keep in touch via email.

Since enrolment for the programme closed in October 2013, prospective candidates for the Volunteer Programme have already been through group workshops between October and December 2013, and general online training between December and January 2014.

Since then, candidates have been informed of the areas and functions that they have been allocated. Selections were made based on a cross-referencing of candidates' profile information, their availability, their requested area and results from general training and language tests.

From 15 April, all those who have accepted work offers will go through a specific online training course for their work area. By June, they will also take part in a Fun Day – a day-long tour of their assigned host city stadium – and a day of specific on-site training.

Of the 152,101 people who enrolled in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Volunteer Programme, around 21,000 are still in the running for selection. During the World Cup, the number of volunteers will total 15,000.

Check out the next dates for individual interviews for specialist candidates:

22, 23 March
Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and Salvador.

29, 30 March
Cuiaba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

5, 6 April
Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

12, 13 April
Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.