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Old 05-04-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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As I mentioned in another posting I work in Human Resources and spend about fifty percent of my time in the area of recruiting and staffing. Recently things have been really slow where I work and this has encouraged me to look for a HR job somewhere else.

One place I applied at called me and said they would be having an audition for the job sometime in the next few weeks. Basically all the 10 or so finalists for the job would come in at the same time and meet in a conference room setting. In that meeting we could get to meet the competition for the job.

At the meeting we will be observed by corporate staff doing a variety of assignments. We would be told to do presentations, meet with other finalists to discuss a problem, solve issues, perform "in basket exercises," and be interviewed in front of the whole group. That way the senior management and the consultants they have hired to oversee the process can see all of us at the same time and see how we compare with each other in a variety of situations.

This is for a very high level job with tons of responsibilities and there are many people who would like this job. In a way the process is offensive but I can also see a logic to it. I was told that there is a trend towards the audition style of interviews in many large organizations for jobs that are highly sought after.

I guess it is no more offensive than the trend of bringing people in for a dozen interviews with 20 people which is more and more common in today's competitive job market for higher level jobs.

This is being done not just with HR people but also with professionals in other positions that have significant corporate visibility and influence.

What do you think?
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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I think as someonw with as much HR experience as you claim to have, you should know the answer to the question and not need to ask a bunch of random strangers on the internet what they think.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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I think as someone with as much HR experience as you claim to have, you should know the answer to the question and not need to ask a bunch of random strangers on the Internet what they think.
I am sincerely interested in what the general public thinks about this approach to interviewing because we are thinking of using it for some of our key openings.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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So are you interviewing for a new job or is the company you work for thinking about using it. At least try to get the story straight...
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Is this a Hollywood casting call? Audition...what the ????



Thanks for another 'thought provoking' post.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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Oh, please! WT doesn't have a job! He's trolling and enjoys riling people up with his rediculousness. (see Relationship and Parenting boards)

WT--->Whimpy Troll
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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I think they've been watching too much reality television ...
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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So are you interviewing for a new job or is the company you work for thinking about using it. At least try to get the story straight...
Both

Here is a previous post about a similar situation

Anyone done In Basket Exercises?
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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America's Top HR person. Criteria for finalists: Must smoke, wear a short skirt, be 20 years old and have dragon nails OR be 60 plus, dress like a teenager, have really big hair and chew gum OR act clueless and know nothing about benefits except how to avoid paying them out to employees..

Anyone want to join this reality show???
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Both

Here is a previous post about a similar situation

Anyone done In Basket Exercises?
Um yeah.
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