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Episode 509: Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?

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In an effort to hire better job candidates, some companies are replacing paper resumes with tests designed to collect data from job applicants.
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To hire new employees, some companies are paying less attention to resumes and more attention to data — and the data are leading to some surprising findings.

On today's show, we take a weird hiring test for a call-center job. And we hear what does (and doesn't) predict success for everyone from call-center workers to software developers.

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