The Talent Economy Podcast


What Poultry Farmers Taught Me About Hiring The Right Person

Season 1, Ep. 14

AI Recruiting: What Poultry Farmers Taught Me About Hiring the Right Person

With 10 resumes submitted, what determines if there are five prospective candidates instead of two?

That’s right - it’s the recruiter.

In this episode, I’m joined by Ken Lazarus, the CEO of Scout Exchange. We discuss the talent economy, AI-powered recruiting - i.e., the role that data and AI play in the process, and how - for every job (and I mean every job) - there is someone out there poised with a very specific skill set to quickly and efficiently find candidates to fill those roles. This is where Scout Exchange comes in.

Scout Exchange is an AI-driven online marketplace where organizations are matched with expert recruiters to help them find talent. Scout Exchange lists everything from directors of medicine to chicken pluckers.

Ken and I discuss the role of AI in talent acquisition, the dynamics of the recruiter-candidate relationship, and how important it is to foster a sense of trust. We also speak at length about the importance of diversifying the talent pool and how Scout Exchange is working to identify and mitigate decision biases.

Some questions I ask:

  • What type of roles are listed on Scout?
  • How does Scout measure the quality of its recruiters and candidates?
  • How do local recruiters compare to larger staffing firms?
  • How does Scout protect against bias?
  • How does Scout improve the candidate experience?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • That for every job, there’s someone who specializes in recruiting for that role.
  • The difference between being an average recruiter and being a star.
  • The truth about the “talent pool” in today’s market.
  • Different types of biases that humans have and how they impact data.
  • About the “Black Box Problem” in AI.

Connect with Ken Lazarus:


Scout Exchange


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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