Lou Adler

Posts by Lou Adler

  • The Best Technical Interview of All Time for Non-Techies

    February 14, 2018

    Last week, I was talking with a senior technical director who handles major defense contracts for advanced weapon systems. He lamented that he could not find enough top hardware and software engineers because the recruiters he is using are not strong enough to assess technical skills. The situation was worsened because he wasn’t permitted to discuss the projects...

  • Use These 4 “Work Types” to Better Define Your Job Openings

    February 1, 2018

    Skills-based job descriptions are the lazy person’s way to hire the wrong person. The right way to hire the right person is to define a job as a series of 5-6 performance objectives and screen candidates based on that. This doesn’t only make the job attractive to people who are open to changing roles, it also opens the talent pool to more diverse, high-potential...

  • The "No Salary History" Law Won't Make Recruiting Better—Getting Rid of Box-Checking Will

    January 23, 2018

    While some people are concerned about how the “No Salary History” law will affect hiring, the truth is that asking or not asking about salary really shouldn’t make a difference. It’s not going to make or break your recruiting process. In my opinion, there should be a law preventing companies from box-checking skills, experience, academics and salary history, too...

  • Here Are the Best (and Worst) Predictors of Quality of Hire

    January 11, 2018

    In the last few years, we’ve run a survey asking how recently hired people found their jobs and how active or passive they were when...

  • You Never Need to Compromise Quality, Speed or Cost of Hire...

    January 3, 2018

    A few weeks ago I was talking to the CEO of a $250 million business looking for a CFO. He started the meeting complaining that the...

  • Sourcing Doesn’t End with a Great Name—That’s Only the...

    December 7, 2017

    Sourcing and recruiting may seem like two separate activities, but they’re not. If you’re not good at sourcing, you can’t be good at...