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Group Auditions for Prospective Employees - Part 2

May 14, 2014 2:52 PM

Tip of the WeekThis is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Group Auditions for Prospective Employees.  To read Part 1, click HERE.

Grown-up Show and Tell
Just about every operator has hired an employee that just didn't work out and needed to be let go. That person probably had a great interview/audition and gave the answers that you wanted to hear. But when he or she started the job, you saw a much different person than you did during the audition. This happens because it's pretty easy for most people to put on a fake "facade" for 30 minutes during an audition. So how do you dig below the facade to see the real person before you hire them? Grown-up show and tell works really well.

We all remember show and tell from grade school. Here, you use the same concept, except the prospective employees are a bit older than grade school. Before the group audition, contact each person that will be attending and ask them to bring in an object for show and tell.  Let them know it should be something that has a lot of meaning in their life. At some point during the audition, have each person present their object to the whole group and explain why they brought it. Why is this helpful? Because it allows that prospective employee to open up so you can see a glimpse into the real person, rather than just seeing the interview facade.  When a person starts talking about something they are passionate about (be it music, sports, food, travel, etc), they get excited and open up. You, and everyone else at the audition, will see what this person is really like when you peel back the facade, and this helps you decide if he or she would be a good fit for your business. It's much better to learn this during the audition process than it is to learn it after you've already spent the time and money training training that person.

This is part 2 in a 3-part series about group auditions.  In the coming weeks, we’ll also cover “Who Took Your Job?”

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