Lou Adler

About the Author

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Lou Adler is the president of The Adler Group, a training and consulting firm helping companies find and hire top talent using Performance-based Hiring(sm). He is the Amazon best-seller author of Hire With Your Head (John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition, 2007) and the new Nightingale-Conant audio program Talent Rules! Using Performance-based Hiring to Hire Top Talent (2007). Adler is a noted recruiting industry expert, national speaker, and columnist for a number of major recruiting Internet sites including SHRM, ERE.net, Kennedyinfo.com and ZoomInfo.com. Adler's early career included executive and financial management positions with The Allen Group and Rockwell International. He holds an MBA from UCLA and a B.S. in Engineering from Clarkson University, New York.

I’ll Say It Again: We Need to Get Rid of Resumes and Job Descriptions

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. As some of you may know, I think the continued use of traditional, skills-infested job descriptions prevents companies from hiring the best talent available. By default, they wind up hiring the best person who applies. That’s the…

Get Rid of Job Descriptions and You’ll Hire Better People

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 6. Our regular content will return on Monday. For the past 30 years I’ve been on a kick to ban traditional skills — and experience-based job descriptions. The prime reason: they’re anti-talent and anti-diversity, aside from…

Why You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time Recruiting Passive Candidates

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes, readers ask about past TLNT articles they may have missed. That’s why on Fridays we republish a Classic TLNT post some of you have asked about. Every executive and hiring manager worth his or her salt will tell you hiring top talent is the most important thing they need to do….

Want a Candidate to Succeed? Then Define What It Takes to Be Successful

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If a manager is concerned about hiring a high achiever, you need to be concerned about the manager! We just ran a quick poll to determine if hiring managers would trade off experience for potential if they didn’t have to compromise performance or results. Two-thirds agreed. How would you answer the question, and…

Want to Be Great? Here Are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Recruiters

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We just updated our Recruiter Circle of Excellence Competency Model to take into account the expected surge in hiring in Q2 and Q3. There was also an interesting story by the co-founder of Meebo who concluded that most recruiters are pretty bad. Her big points: recruiters are afraid to pick up the phone…

I’ll Say It Again: We Need to Get Rid of Resumes and Job Descriptions

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As some of you may know, I think the continued use of traditional, skills-infested job descriptions prevents companies from hiring the best talent available. By default, they wind up hiring the best person who applies. That’s the same reason I’m against the indiscriminate use of assessment tests. While these tests are good confirming…