Lou Adler

Posts by Lou Adler

  • How to Reduce Cost Per Hire by 50%: A Strategy Inspired by Elon Musk

    October 10, 2017

    The other day, Elon Musk said the Tesla Model 3 is “'deep in production hell.”' He promised 1,500 cars for September 2017 but produced only a few hundred. If Musk was an HR guy he would have said, “Damn the costs. Keep on making as many cars as possible and we’ll sell only the good ones.” Luckily, Musk is not an HR guy. He’s an engineer and manufacturing and...

  • 10 Things That Still Puzzle Me After Recruiting for 45 Years

    September 28, 2017

    I’ve been thinking about hiring when I first become a hiring manager 45 years ago and 1,500 hires later (as a recruiter). Mostly I’ve been thinking about why hiring processes are still as outdated as they were when I became a recruiter. Here’s what I find puzzling: Why do recruiters need to review 150 resumes to make one decent hire, but only 3-4 referred...

  • How to Convert Your ATS into a Recruiting Machine

    September 20, 2017

    Recruiters need to become advocates for improving quality of hire. Unfortunately your ATS vendor is holding you back. Advocacy starts by recognizing that there are two talent markets. One targets candidates who are willing to take lateral transfers and endure the demeaning nature of the traditional hiring process. This is the job market. It’s about volume, speed...

  • How to Make Better Hires Using a Proactive Referral Program

    August 29, 2017

    A few weeks ago, the head of an investment group asked for my help to find a CEO for one of his new ventures. While I didn’t have time...

  • Your Best Candidate Is Less Than Three Degrees of...

    August 9, 2017

    At my Talent Connect 2017 talk in Nashville on October 5th, I’m going to prove that I can find top tier candidates within a few days...

  • Why Screening Candidates for Growth Potential Will Make You...

    August 2, 2017

    When looking to fill a role, recruiters sometimes screen out candidates based on shorthand they have developed over the years. The...