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Blind Audition-Inspired Interviews

GapJumpers Hopes to Solve the Diversity Problem in Tech

— February 24, 2015 — Unique
'The Voice,' a hit reality TV show, embraces blind auditions in an attempt to discredit discrimination in the music industry. GapJumpers is a startup that hopes to do the same in the tech industry. But in place of blind auditions, it introduces blind interviews that hope to bring more diversity to the tech industry.

Kedar Iyer, cofounder and CEO of GapJumpers, notes, "The Voice is a very good analogy to clearly explain the impact of blind auditions for actual hiring. If one industry, especially a shallow one like the music industry, can do [blind auditions], why can't tech companies, which are so much more scientific, do them?" Through a special software program, companies can offer an open-ended challenge to job candidates before they can progress to a phone or in-person interview, avoiding the need for traditional identifiers that can result in discrimination.
Trend Themes
1. Blind Auditions - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore blind audition-inspired interview process to promote diversity and eliminate discrimination in various industries.
2. Diversity in Tech - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop strategies and tools to improve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.
3. Eliminating Discrimination - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create solutions to mitigate discrimination in hiring processes across industries.
Industry Implications
1. Music Industry - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Adopt blind audition methods to address discrimination and foster inclusivity in the music industry.
2. Tech Industry - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Implement blind interview practices to enhance diversity and reduce bias in the tech industry.
3. Recruitment Industry - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Innovate blind interview platforms to revolutionize the recruitment process and promote equal opportunities.
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