Thanks Jay. I’d argue that the situation is actually worse than you indicate. As far too many companies imagine they have to provide make-work for entirely unnecessary HR departments, it’s generally HR that’s involved in the initial phases of the hiring process. This alone is guaranteed to result in very sub-optimal outcomes, because HR merely takes a sketch of the job description and required attributes and pushes this into a spurious AI engine that scans resumes for keywords. This pretty much guarantees the elimination of great candidates through the selection of keyword-stuffed-resumes that may bear very little (or no) relationship to the actual skills required for the position. Next, HR conducts initial screening interviews. As HR personnel are invariably less educated and less intelligent than the typical white-collar worker, this means they feel threatened by good candidates and unconsciously bias selection towards those who are mediocre and thus less threatening. By the time candidates get to the hiring manager, all the really promising candidates have been weeded out.Ironically, tech companies are often among the worst offenders; Google was famous for nearly a decade for having hiring processes so abysmally defective that their primary means of adding headcount was simply to acquire entire companies.

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