Face-to-face interactions are becoming increasingly rare as more employers rely on computers to screen potential employees.
Face-to-face interactions are becoming increasingly rare as more employers rely on computers to screen potential employees. - 
Listen To The Story
Marketplace

All right, so journalist Bob Woodruff, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all say to pick a job that you love. But it's easier said than done, especially when there are many more unemployed Americans than there are jobs.

Peter Cappelli talks to host Tess Vigeland about why computer screening makes it actually more difficult for employers to find the elusive "purple squirrel." What is the purple squirrel you ask?

"The completely unusual person who is just perfect for the job," Cappelli said.

Capelli teaches management at the Wharton School and says the fundamentals of hiring are broken. He goes into depth about this problem in his new book "Why Good People Can't Get Jobs." Computers are all wrong to find that perfect employee, yet more than ever, companies are dependent on technology to find them the employees. They may get breadth, but not a lot of depth.

Listen to the audio above to learn more about how computer screening works and how to successfully land a job -- or at least how to stay in the running.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.

Follow Tess Vigeland at @tessvigeland