This process seems more than a bit odd to me. The parish is the bishop's. A priest serves there in his absence as a bishop cannot be at every parish at the same time, but the parish is de jure his. I know this interview process is very common in mainline Protestantism, but I have not experienced this pick your own priest process in Orthodoxy. Thoughts?
(OCA-DEPA) - On Sunday, June 30, 2013, the faithful of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church welcomed the second of 4 candidates to fill the open clergy position. His Grace, Bishop MARK, accompanied Fr. George Volkovinsky, who celebrated Divine Liturgy.
After Liturgy, all retired to Repella Hall for a breakfast provided by the PTO. Fr. George answered questions developed by a parish survey, and answered many questions posed by the parishioners.
The process continues with 2 more visits, followed by prayer, discussion, and ultimately a decision on who the next rector will be.