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August 2017, Vol. 5, No. 4

Recruitment management system + alien life doesn't equal intelligent hiring

Space, the final frontier -- even for an HR recruitment management system? Well, there may be a connection if you believe the odds of finding that perfect job candidate are about the same as discovering intelligent life on other planets. Let me step off the warp-drive pedal and tell you a story. Not so long ago, I struck up a conversation with a stranger and asked him what he was up to that day. He said he's heading to a bar near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and it wasn't just to have a drink. "A bunch of us are getting together to discuss why the Drake Equation didn't work," the fella told me. "You know the Drake Equation, right?" "No," I replied. For those of you who are at a loss like me, the Drake Equation -- contrived by astronomer Frank Drake -- attempts to determine how many planets can support intelligent life based on factors such as water, suitable environments and the transmission of radio signals into space. The website of the SETI Institute -- a nonprofit organization whose investigators search ...

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