Projects Are the New Job Interviews

(Source: HBR)

Michael Schrage


Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, is the author ofSerious Play and the forthcoming Getting Beyond Ideas.


Resumes are dead. Interviews are largely ineffectual. Linked-In is good. Portfolios are useful.


But projects are the real future of hiring, especially knowledge working hiring. No matter how wonderful your references or how well you do on those too-clever-by-half Microsoft/Google brainteasers, serious firms will increasingly ask serious candidates to do serious work in order to get a serious job offer.


Call them “projeclications” or “applijects.” World-class talent will engage in bespoke real-world projects testing their abilities to deliver real value on their own and with others. Forget the “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” interrogatory genre; the real question will be how well candidates can rise to the “appliject” challenge and help redesign a social media campaign, document a tricky bit of software, edit a Keynote presentation, produce a webinar or peer review a CAD layout for a contract Chinese manufacturer.

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  1. I have projeclications website already where employers can run formal project contests already as part of the interview process. The project holder can pay a prize to the winners and runners up and then transfer the intellectual property developed during the contest. Then run another contest or just employ the winner. It works really well. Creation Hero

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