Hiring via Paid Tryouts
August 24, 2014 2:30 PM Subscribe
I've been reading about the practice of finding the right candidates by using auditions, tryouts, trial work periods, etc. (See for example this
posted by woodman to Work & Money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For some types of work, such trial periods can be relatively simple -- basic customer service, teaching, jobs with "hard" skills (car mechanic, Java programmer), etc. But what about cases where the outputs require several weeks of work, or where becoming familiar with the organization or the local market takes a substantial amount of time?
Would paid tryouts ever work for hiring a CEO, a head of HR, a conference planner?
I'm thinking it's better for all concerned if "test drives" are as short as possible. Could an effective 5-day audition be set up for a CEO, etc? Is the 3-6 month probationary period that is so common the only option?
Thanks for your thoughts!