An audition project is a task or assignment that a candidate is asked to complete in order to demonstrate their skills and fit for a particular role or company. It is similar to a take-home challenge, and may involve creating a design, writing code, or completing some other task that is relevant to the job for which the candidate is applying. Audition projects are used because it can be difficult to assess a candidate's abilities through traditional means such as resumes and interviews alone.
Curated Learning Resources
- Here’s Why You’re Not Hiring the Best and the BrightestToo many team members still fail after being hired. Jeff argues that the best way to solve this is to do a 2-day (paid) test of their work at the end of a recruiting process.
- Take-home design challenges don’t work — here’s how to fix themTake-home design challenges, which are often given to candidates during the hiring process to assess their skills and fit for a company, have a number of issues, including being exploitative of candidates, not providing insight into a candidate's problem-solving abilities, and not giving a sense of how a candidate would fit in with a team on a day-to-day basis. Instead of using these challenges, Ari suggests bringing in candidates for a half-day collaborative design session, where they work on a problem with the team and can be assessed on their ability to think and work with others. If a take-home challenge must be used, Ari recommends setting reasonable time expectations, Giving Feedback to candidates, and being transparent about the purpose of the challenge.