"An increasing number of employers are putting candidates for salaried jobs through a battery of mock assignments, stressful "day-in-the-life" job simulations and role-playing exercises. A senior-level candidate might spend a day in an office being bombarded with phone calls, emails and complaints from vendors or subordinates, while a would-be employer judges how well how well the candidate prioritizes and handles pressure. The tryouts supplement interviews, reference checks and written tests."
I can understand the value of this but am also a little wary when it goes beyond a basic interview. There is potential abuse by employers who simply want to get some free work or ideas from a highly qualified person.
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