Even the classical guys will pretend to have an audition but most times will have already selected their guy weeks in advance.
Oh this makes me laugh. We've done this at Uni for our society. 90% of the time, the auditions are totally neutral and fair, but we had a Big Band conductor we all hated. So we pretty much rigged the process and the panel. The look on his arrogant little face when he didn't get it was absolutely worth it...
Apologies for the aside, but I chuckled.