Give Candidates “A Day in the Life”
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What sounds good on paper can sometimes be completely different
hired them for is not something you want to discover on Day 1 of their
new position. So it can be worthwhile to give prospective candidates
a taste of what's to come through a “day in the life” adventure. Let your short list of candidates spend a day with someone in your
organization who performs the same or similar function you are considering
them for. Have them go on a sales visit, sit in on a meeting, listen
to a customer service call, or otherwise experience some of the typical
activities of their prospective job. This job preview might save both of you time and effort if it turns
out the candidate's no longer interested. Incidentally, if your candidates
encounter a lot of surprises in their “day in the life” you might
reconsider how you are describing the job in your literature or interview
For what roles do you send candidates on a “day in the life”? Take our poll, and see how others
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