Coffee Inc has just announced names and high schools will be removed from all CVs before they are reviewed by those staff who will actually be doing the hiring (ie not HR).
Given how small the world is, there a massive chance that you'll know or know someone who might know an applicant whose CV comes across your desk, given that anyone who has been around for a few years will have pretty wide networks. The first thing I do when I see a name or firm I recognise is to think about who might know the applicant (or if I know them), and make discreet enquiries. Dodged a few bullets that way (and, equally, have received positive feedback too).
Assume you'll find out who you're talking to once you've committed to interview them, but by then it'll be too late for that initial screen. Does this mean you're more likely to waste time on those you would have excluded as soon as you'd identified them? Or is that the whole point of blind CVs?
You also miss interviewing those whose uni/firm background etc might be pretty ordinary - but who your ex-colleague would have been able to vouch for as a great candidate. Unintended consequence I guess.
Seems odd either way.