This article, Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’, by Sarah Max from the Small Business section of the New York Times, introduces what appears to be a growing trend for start-ups and small businesses and gaining traction with job seekers as well.
The fact of the matter is that the job seeking/hiring process is expensive in mind-share and time for all the stakeholders . So it seems to be such good, common sense, policy to put a ‘try before you buy’ period into the hiring practice of any company or as the article’s featured company put it, a ‘temp-to-perm’ hiring process. This gives both the candidate and the company the opportunity to learn whether it is a match made in employment heaven and can save a lot of headache and expense if it’s not. Dating the job first may save everyone a messy ending.