Why Companies Are Using 'Blind Auditions' to Hire Top Talent

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By Jacquelyn Smith

Anyone who suspects they've been turned down for a job due to their race, sex, age, socio-economic background, or educational pedigree knows how unfair and frustrating it is to be discriminated against for something that has nothing to do with your capabilities.

But unfortunately, hiring managers — who typically get between 85 and 124 résumés for any given entry-level job opening — do it all the time.

Three entrepreneurs have taken it upon themselves to remedy the problem. They developed software that allows candidates to "blind audition" for a job, meaning employers know nothing about the the job seeker's ethnicity, gender, age, or educational background when they review their application and decide whether to invite them in for an interview. Big companies like Dolby and Mozilla have already signed up.