How to prepare for an audition-style job interview
In an audition-style job interview you demonstrate the skills you’re being interviewed about.
Audition-style interviews are more common overseas, but their use is increasing locally as interviewers use them to learn more about their job candidates.
In an audition-style interview your interviewer might ask you to do a role play or give a presentation.
Why employers run audition-style interviews
Employers sometimes like to try new things to get a better idea about a job seeker’s true skills and abilities.
In audition-style interviews, employers often ask questions during the interview to find out if you can:
- work under stress and time pressure
- make quick decisions
- explain or justify your thoughts and decisions
- solve problems and challenges.
Behavioural interviews are more common, but candidates can rehearse answers to the questions they expect to be asked.
How audition-style interviews can be good for you
Some job seekers prefer audition-style interviews to other types because they:
- can show their abilities
- get nervous trying to impress in behavioural interviews.
How to prepare for an audition-style interview
Ask the interviewer if your interview will have an audition-style section – they’ll want you to be ready to show what you can do.
If the interview will be audition-style, review your skills and think about how you might be asked to show them.
Find out more
- Falter, F, consultant – marketing and communications, Randstad New Zealand, careers.govt.nz interview, June 2019.
- Burgess, Melanie, ‘Are Audition-Style Interviews the Next Big Thing? (and How to Prepare For One)’, accessed June 2019, (www.seek.co.nz).
- Wilmott, Nita, ‘Tips for Different Types of Interviews’, accessed June 2019, (www.thebalancecareers.com).
- Technical Job Search website, ‘Audition interview’, accessed June 2019, (www.technicaljobsearch.com).
Updated 12 Aug 2019