Given today's economy, the unemployment rate in California is significantly higher than what would be expected in a state that has an economic budget/impact ranked eighth in the world. At this writing it's down below 12% in Los Angeles County, but Los Angeles itself is still at 12%. Down where I live near the OC border, it's over 13% thanks to the drop in cargo at the ports. Now that things are s-l-o-w-l-y starting to move in terms of retail sales and other economic indicators are starting to show some positive movement, jobs are starting to open up.
MTV, No Regrets Entertainment, Chesler/Simmons Prods. and MWM have partnered up to feature "genuine" reality shows that are educational and entertaining in the same package without the faux drama going on in the background. Think of Hired as a documentary series and you will have a great handle on the gist of the show.
A variety of companies have positions to fill. They allow MTV to follow the company leaders and meet the applicants who made the first cut past the recruiter, who gives sage and useful advice to the applicants (some of which is not followed at all). Segue to the first interview with the company leadership and you have instant, on the spot interview training. You can see who starts to nail it — and who blows it. You hear from both the applicant and the employer about expectations and needs. It is real life happening and you get feedback regarding who blows the first interview — and why. Then with the final interview of three candidates, you get to see who really doesn't do their homework for that final, crucial decision-maker of a meeting.
What is really great about this series is that they come back about a month later and check in with the employer to see how the new employee is doing in their position. In the episodes I have seen, it has been incredibly successful for those people who got hired.