Earlier this week, I joined my wife in watching one of her favorite television shows, The Voice. For those of you that are unfamiliar, singers participate in blind auditions where they perform for a panel of judges who are turned around, backs facing the contestants. The premise is that the judges select the performers based solely on their talent.

It reminded me that American Idol, the original singing talent show, was just resurrected by ABC. The main difference between the two is that the American Idol judges watch the singers perform and can interact with them. Because of this, the audition process is much more personal than The Voice.

While we were flipping between the two channels, I naturally applied the concepts to the world of recruiting.