Aline Lerner - Pro Chef Starts Tech Recruiting Firm, (#44) Referral Code for Develomentor Listeners!


Aline Lerner is the founder and CEO of, an anonymous tech recruiting platform where companies like Facebook, Uber, Dropbox, and Quora have hired great software engineers. Before that, she was a software engineer for 5 years, ran hiring at Udacity, and wrote a lot of stuff about hiring on the internet.

Aline’s data-driven posts about how typos matter more than pedigree, how resumes are a low-signal filtering tool, and how technical interviews aren’t deterministic have been read by millions of people. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Fast Company.

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Episode Summary

“We now hire for a ton of great companies including Goldman Sachs, twitter, uber and a bunch of others. But about 40 percent of our top performers and by extension about 40 percent of the hires we’ve made to date are people that frankly don’t look that good on paper!”

—Aline Lerner

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. What did Aline learn from working long hours in the kitchen?
  2. How important is spelling and grammar on a professional resume? (Hint: it’s very important!)
  3. Is technical recruiting more tech or sales?
  4. How helps candidates that don’t look great on paper?

Key Milestones

As a manager, she always had trouble hiring new engineers. This is when she started to moonlight as a recruiter.

Additional Resources

Selected Links from the episode: Referral Code for Develomentor Listeners!

Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach - by Dandridge M. Malone

The Hard Thing About Hard Things - by Ben Horowitz

The Rock Warrior’s Way: Mental Training For Climbers - by Arno Ilgner

Read Aline’s articles on Quora
Read Aline’s articles on Medium