Episode 697: Help Wanted : Planet Money When you're an employer looking at a giant stack of resumes, you have to find some way to quickly narrow the field. How do you do that fairly? And what happens when your good intentions backfire?
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Episode 697: Help Wanted

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Episode 697: Help Wanted

Episode 697: Help Wanted

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Employers have to find some way to narrow the field of job applicants. But how do you do that fairly?
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When you're an employer looking at a giant stack of resumes, you have to find some way to quickly narrow the field. But how do you do that fairly? And what happens when your good intentions backfire?

In this episode, we bring you a group of stories about hiring. We talk to a female software engineer who's trying to bring blind hiring to Silicon Valley. She's come up with a way to mask applicants' voices during an interview--we hear what it sounds like. And, we look at what happened when the nation's biggest employer began hiring people who had felony records. It turned out that those employees performed just as well as people with no criminal background--sometimes better. The employer? The United States military.


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