discover at least three ways. Some people stop at three answers even though I've asked for more. Remember, people are nervous during interviews and may not be thinking clearly. I sometimes write out the audition request on a piece of paper so the candidate can have a written copy of the question(s) he or she can refer back to.
Test the Audition with Your Current Staff
Once I develop the audition, I test it with the current staff. I once developed an audition only I could succeed at - a terrible audition for other people. Not only do I consider the technical part of the audition, I make sure the audition can be completed in the time allotted, and that I have time to review the results of the audition with the candidate.
An audition is not a final exam for a graduate-level course; it is a technique that reveals how a person works. It doesn't need to be hard - but it must reflect your working environment.
Auditions help you see a candidate in action. Whether you hear a candidate's problem-solving process during a phone screen or watch the candidate at work, you'll gather a richer perspective of the candidate's capabilities and how easily the candidate can adapt to your working environment.