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Lou Adler

Using Performance-Based Hiring℠ to Build Great Teams

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'Hire With Your Head' by Lou Adler is a guidebook for hiring top talent. It presents a proven methodology for selecting the right candidates that focuses on competencies, not just credentials. The book provides practical insights and tools for building a high-performance team.

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    Don’t be fooled by the common misconceptions about recruitment.

    How do you attract the best candidates when trying to fill a position? First, you need to educate yourself on some common misconceptions about hiring.

    Recruiters often make mistakes in the interview process. They sometimes give too much weight to the interaction between the candidate and interviewer, instead of focusing on the candidate’s abilities and motivation for the job.

    Moreover, most hiring decisions are overly influenced by the interaction at the start of the interview. An interpersonal relationship develops between the candidate and interviewer right away, and that can end up swaying the interviewer too much.

    If you immediately like a candidate, you’re more likely to ask them easy questions as the interview goes on. If the candidate lacks certain skills, you might dismiss this, thinking they’ll be able to learn them later.

    On the other hand, if you dislike someone from the start, you’ll probably be harsher on them. You might subconsciously start looking for their flaws to prove that your negative first impression was correct.

    We also have a natural tendency to focus on candidates’ skills instead of their ability to actually do the job at hand. When you put too much emphasis on a person’s performance in an interview, you might lose sight of what the job actually involves.

    So remind yourself to focus on your candidate’s capabilities, not the impression they give off. Aim for objectivity. You’ll pay more attention to performance requirements when you push yourself to be more objective.

    How can you do this? First off, wait at least 30 minutes after an interview before you make any hiring decisions. Don’t just go with your first impression of the person.

    The real key to ensuring that you’re hiring by performance is to create performance profiles. Read on to see how they work.

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    What is Hire With Your Head about?

    Hire With Your Head (2007) will make you think twice before drafting a standard job offer that’ll only attract standard recruits. Learn when to be the seller and when to be the buyer in the HR market so that you’re guaranteed the pick of potential employees. By rewriting the recruitment process from advert to interview, Hire With Your Head will revolutionize your hiring practice.

    Hire With Your Head Review

    Hire With Your Head (1997) by Lou Adler is a valuable resource for anyone involved in the hiring process. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With a focus on factual data and evidence-based techniques, it offers actionable strategies for effective hiring, ensuring you find the right candidates.
    • Adler's emphasis on interviewing techniques and the importance of assessing a candidate's past performance adds a unique and practical dimension to the book.
    • This book stands out for its engaging storytelling and real-world examples, making it an enjoyable and insightful read that will not leave you bored.

    Best quote from Hire With Your Head

    The best people consistently deliver more results than expected, and they do it on time, all the time. This separates the best from everyone else.

    —Lou Adler
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    Who should read Hire With Your Head?

    • Recruitment and HR managers
    • Team leaders
    • Anyone involved in hiring

    About the Author

    Lou Adler is a recruitment expert, best-selling author, international speaker and columnist for a number of major recruitment sites including LinkedIn and Kennedy Information.


    Lou Adler: Hire with Your Head copyright 2007, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of Hire With Your Head is to improve the hiring process by using performance-based techniques.

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    Hire With Your Head is worth reading as it provides practical insights and strategies for effective hiring.

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    The author of Hire With Your Head is Lou Adler.

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