At a recent dinner party, I was teased about the low number of Americans that do not have a passport which is the only way that you can travel outside the US. The number is 46%. Mississippi was the lowest, with just 18%, followed by West Virginia (19%), Alabama (22%), Arkansas (22%) and Kentucky (23%).
The state with the highest percentage was New Jersey with 62%, followed by Massachusetts (57%), New York (57%), Alaska (56%) and Connecticut (55%). I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. At my prior role, I instructed all the recruiters if we interview someone in the US and they do not own a passport, pass the interview because they will have a problem adjusting to a “different environment.”
There was a story I read a while back about a philharmonic orchestra that was having a problem hiring more women. The vast majority of all orchestras at one time were all male. So they devised a method that going forward, all interviews would be conducted from behind a screen. The panel could not see who was playing and immediately the mix of the orchestra changed.