New Trend: Would You DARE Audition for a Full-Time Job?

auditionTalent management experts advise professionals to take on a probationary project at discounted salary as “audition” for the permanent position.  Your comments, insights?

The Build  quotes Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, writing for his blog , on the rapidly growing practice of project hiring as determinant of a candidate’s fit rather than relying on standard interviews.  Asserts Schrage: “Resumes are dead. Interviews are largely ineffectual. LinkedIn is good. Portfolios are useful…. but projects are the real future of hiring.” 

In my experience and that of most consultants, freelancers and others who make our living working on diverse client engagements rather than full-time for one company, this is nothing new – especially in this recessionary environment when companies can’t afford to hire seasoned professionals full time or for more than a few quarters.   

If you’re the candidate, look on the bright side:  it helps one see the true nature of managers and colleagues you’d be working with day to day if you ultimately joined the firm as an employee.   

Curious to hear how women over 40 feel about this.