Lou Adler

About the Author

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Lou Adler is the CEO and founder of The Adler Group – a training and search firm helping companies implement Performance-based Hiring℠. Adler is the author of the Amazon top-10 best-seller, Hire With Your Head (John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition, 2007). His most recent book has just been published, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired (Workbench, 2013). He is also the author of the award-winning Nightingale-Conant audio program, Talent Rules! Using Performance-based Hiring to Build Great Teams (2007).

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


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 being terrible predictors of future success. Some naysayers use the legal angle as their excuse for maintaining the status quo. To debunk this, I engaged…

Recruiters Must Demand Their Hiring Managers Prepare performance-based Job Descriptions

Since we promote people based on their performance, why don’t we hire them the same way? Amazon willing, my next book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired, will be available as an eBook on January 31. The book is written for everyone involved in hiring: recruiters, hiring managers, and candidates. This…

Use Anti-DISC to Become a Better Person and Make Better Assessments

Warning: do not use this slick all-purpose assessments for screening out people. However, it’s useful for becoming a better interviewer and screening in people. DISC and all its variants (Calipers, Myers-Briggs, Predictive Index, etc.) should never be used to pre-screen people. At best, and if they’re not faked, these “tests” only predict preferences,…