Filtering Out Jobless Applicants: Do We Think or Know It’s Good for Business?
In today’s New York Times, Catherine Rampell reports that some employers are discouraging the unemployed from applying for job openings and/or filtering out jobless applicants. Rampell’s article, “The Help-Wanted Sign Comes With a Frustrating Asterisk,” lists a number of reasons why employers may be taking this step, some of which I have listed below.
- The unemployed may be out of work due to poor job performance.
- The unemployed may lack up-to-date skills and relationships.
- Employers need ways to narrow down a deluge of job applications.
In reading through these reasons, a number of questions came to mind:
- Are employers screening out unemployed job applicants based on facts or assumptions?
- What evidence is there that the practice of screening out unemployed job applicants is good for business?
- Has your organization measured and compared the performance of employed versus unemployed hires? What did you find?
Share your experience and perspective.