I am in the process of hiring some new theatre technicians. Something I want to initiate this go around is an application test, as a way to wean out some non qualified applicants, and also test how much I may need to train a new employee once they are hired.
Does anyone else use a test when accepting applications? How has it worked for you?
Also to go along with that I was hoping for some input on what everyone thinks I should include in the test. I donít need anything overly difficult. Iím looking to hire people that may be in college pursuing their theatre degree, or someone with some basic theatre experience not going the college route. My technicians are involved in set construction, scenic painting, light hang and focus, backstage run crew, and spotlight operation; just to give you an idea of what they should be knowledgeable about.
The only things I have thought of so far are a basic tool/ equipment identification, and a stage layout identification (Stage Right/Left, Upstage, exc.)
What else do you guys think I should add, or make sure to include in the test?
All input is greatly appreciated, even if you think a test is not a good idea! Let me know,