Any “American Idol” fans out there? I’ve been an avid watcher since season one, and am a huge fan of both ex-bully Brit judge Simon Cowell and the original champ Kelly Clarkson. 

I especially like Hollywood Week, where the judges weed out the contenders from the pretenders.  Although there have been seasons where I disagree with who won, I generally think each season produces a sound crop of finalists.

But, should employers recruit and hire using the “American Idol” model of putting candidates through an audition process to win a job? One blogger says yes.

Linda Robertson, a senior financial planner at Financial Finesse, recently put a post on the FF blog titled, “What HR can learn from ‘American Idol.’”

The post details how Robertson had to audition for her Financial Finesse position by conducting in-person financial planning workshops on-the-fly.  “At almost every step in the seven-step recruiting process, I was sure I was toast,” she writes. “Somehow, I made it through.  I found out later that only 2% of planners who apply for the position are hired, but that the vast majority of those planners thrived in Financial Finesse’s environment and the company had very little planner turnover.”

Employees that thrive and don’t leave? Maybe it’s time to line up your company’s Ryan Seacrest and get the auditions started.

What do you think? Would your company consider auditioning job candidates in lieu of the traditional interview process? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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