The purpose of job trials is to give employers a better idea of how a candidate will perform in the role and candidates a realistic job preview of what they can expect from the role if they are successful.
Job trials are best used for roles where it is difficult to ascertain how a candidate will perform from other selection techniques and where it is possible for a candidate to step into the role with little preparation for a short period of time. Job trials are often used in customer service, hospitality and retail roles.
Candidates should not be expected to undertake a job trial without payment so employers should be prepared to remunerate a candidate for any substantial job trial.
A job trial is a good way to see a candidate in action and is often helpful in determining between two candidates of similar merit.