Do you ask people “Are you from around here?”
Does it really matter?
If being “local” is a bona fide occupational requirement, that may be an acceptable question, but being a local doesn’t mean someone will be a good candidate.
I made a video featuring fictional character Societal Norm Barclay that exemplifies this backwards way of thinking.
It’s one thing to shop local, but to hire a local is not always the right approach. Local matters when people may have some relationships and context to the local community, but whether or not someone was born and raised locally doesn’t.
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