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Recruiting is a Cluster

Recruiting is a Cluster

By Adrian Russo
Adrian Russo, of Amazon Prime's Art of Recruiting and Top Recruiter: North America vs Europe, tackles common hiring and interviewing challenges. Our guests share hilarious anecdotes from their experiences at various tech start ups, Fortune 500 companies, and the staffing industry. Our comedy of errors is an engaging, yet authentic learning experience for our audience. This is Recruiting is a Cluster...

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Why Is Recruiting Such a Cluster?

Recruiting is a Cluster

Episode 4 - Mass Exodus
Theresa Fox, Member of AFCEA International Board of Directors, joins the Recruiting is a Cluster podcast to share a story about a hiring panel gone wrong.  Theresa shares a story about how a bad hire leads to a mass exodus.  She also shares her thoughts on hiring committees, working with recruiters, and hiring talent in the federal space.  Hear how Theresa builds a world-class sales organizations in the public sector and tech startups. Contact Adrian: Contact Joanne: Contact Theresa:
October 16, 2020
From Untouchable Caste to Global Leader at Google
Gaurav Shinde is a true tech mogul. He is the former top engineer at Google, who led their Search Quality Operations; the team behind your Google search results.  His team improved quality and relevance of search results.  Gaurav pioneered outward communications, pre-empting user behavior for their search engine.  Gaurav is currently an Executive at 3M where he serves as the Search and Findability Global Leader.  He stood up and built this team from scratch as a greenfield initiative.  We will discuss:   Gaurav's harrowing journey from Untouchable caste in India to Global Leader of Search and Findability at 3M A hilarious story about a nervous candidate who chose an interesting way to "relax" Diversity and inclusion in hiring  To find out how RecruitLocator can help with your hiring needs go to To contact Adrian: To contact Joanne: Gaurav Shinde:
October 09, 2020
It's a Binary Choice...
Mario Biviano, former Sr. Director of QA at Electronic Arts, joins the Recruiting is a Cluster podcast.  Hear how Mario hired over 100 Engineers in the past two years and maintained a 90%+ retention rate.  Mario shares a sidesplitting story about a candidate who "overshares" during an interview and claims he developed applications in a made up programming language.  We'll use this story to highlight: How to prescreen candidates Reduce time to hire Increase interview conversion rates How to prepare for an interview This episode is ideal for hiring managers, recruiters, and candidates. To contact Adrian: To contact Mario: For more information on how RecruitLocator can help your business visit
October 02, 2020
Episode 1 - Philip Gollucci
Philip Gollucci, former VP of Infrastructure at the Apache Software Foundation, joins the Recruiting is a Cluster podcast to share a must-listen story about a six-stage interview process for a Data Scientist. He was asked to conduct the final interview and technical screen where a candidate used a “ringer.” Listen to the hilarity that ensues as the actual candidate shows up for their first day and cannot use basic Microsoft Office products. Philip shares his thoughts on improving the overall hiring process and preventing mistakes like this from happening in the future. You do not want to miss this absurd story, or the valuable advice he shares on recruiting top-tier technical talent. To contact Adrian Russo: To contact Philip Gollucci: RecruitLocator: AWS CDK: Lucky  Dog Animal Rescue:
September 26, 2020
Why Is Recruiting Such a Cluster?
We've all experienced ridiculous and absurd events that transpired during the interviewing or recruiting process. Whether it is the candidate that called the hiring manager asking if he needed to "wear pants to an interview" (true story that we'll hear), the hiring manager who says, "let's meditate together and see if this is a good fit," or the interviewer who wants the candidate to do an "assessment" that is clearly one of their projects that they just can't deliver. Every single person reading this intro has a story; either as a candidate or hiring manager. We are going to have interesting and high-profile guests tell their stories. Our guests will range from tech executives, to recruiters, business leaders, and everything in between. Their comedy of errors serves as hilariously teachable moments and social commentary on topics like, "what should candidates wear to an interview," or "how do you determine when a candidate is a good fit." Listen to their stories brought to you by the host, Adrian Russo, Co-founder of RecruitLocator. For more info on RecruitLocator, go to To contact Adrian, email If you’d like to be a guest on the show, email
September 18, 2020