A Philadelphia-area human-resources executive told Mr. Cappelli that he applied anonymously for a job in his own company as an experiment. He didn’t make it through the screening process.
Software Screening Rejects Job Seekers - WSJ.com
Yeeahhh, I’d say that’s a bit of a problem.
I hate this automatification of applicant screening. Takes the humanity out of it. I’m convinced that I’ve applied for jobs in the past that I’m more than qualified for — that, if I could just get in the door to talk to someone, I’m almost sure they would offer me a position — but, you know, there’s the rub. Getting there at all.
I’ve been thinking that in my next company I would just hire a super smart, amicable, social, trusted friend to just sit and talk to people all the time. That would be my recruiting. I or the appropriate person would take it from there. Seems pretty scalable - if he or she talked to 8-10 people a day, they could screen something like 2,500 applicants a year. You could hire a couple if you needed. It would be a fun job to have.
Come to think of it, I think I might enjoy THAT job.