Our process is that candidates write to the clerk after seeing an advert (website, facebook, local shops and notice board).
The clerk convenes a staffing committee, where the candidate(s) are given an introduction to the Parish Council, what we currently do, what we can do, what we can't do, they give an introduction about themselves and afterwards, they vote to make a recommendation to the full council. (We dont tend to get a public audience so it is informal, "who are you, what experiencds do you have, are you sure you know what we do, and what you are signing up for" type event.
At the full council meeting the candidate is invited to give a short intro about themselves. (All candidates are forwarded to full council with or without a recommendation).
This allows the public to "speak now or forever hold your peace" in case a member of the public wants to say something in support of the candidate (or otherwise).
We then vote on the candidate(s) as required by law, in that they must have a majority of vote 50%+1, and not just a plurality.