The POZCAST: Career & Life Journeys with Adam Posner

Robert Allen: Global Head of Talent Experience & People Operations at Atlassian

Episode Summary

In episode 114 of #thePOZcast, Robert Allen and I discuss the lessons learned in talent recruiting and some of his motives for getting involved in the industry. Robert is the Global Head of Talent Experience & People at Atlassian, a 6K employee SaaS company. Robert talks about some of the experiences he had early on in his career when working in a hierarchical organization. He explains that although he learned a ton from higher management that was typically decades his senior, he sometimes felt that his transition upwards could have been a bit more merit-based. This desire to help find the best person for the job drove him to get involved in the world of Talent Access, and Robert has been around the world learning more about people and the organizations that they help propel forward. Robert talks about how he looks at the process of placing talent, as well as how to construct a strong team from an objective perspective. We also speak about the traditional art of recruiting; getting to know the candidates, understanding their motivations and talents, and how the science of new technology is changing that. Robert fills us in about some of the great things Atlassian is doing with technology to help propel the art of recruiting forward. We finish up by discussing diversity recruiting and how to maintain merit-based hiring, as well as some of Robert’s reflections from his career thus far. Tune in to hear more about Robert on this episode of The POZcast! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review/rating:  The POZCast is brought to you by our friends at Interseller - the prospecting + outreach platform of recruiters and sellers. Whether you’re doubling down on business development or recruiting talent, Interseller does all the heavy lifting of finding contact data, automating the email and follow-up process, and syncs all that rich data into 20+ CRMs and ATSs. Reach out and get going in a 2-week *free* trial today and let them know you heard about them from Adam on the POZCast.  Check out a free demo today!  For more, please check out

Episode Notes



2:28 - How to choose path in Recruiting
3:59 - Multiple Perspective
5:14 - Difference of Hiring Process in different countries
7:27 - How to shift from country to country - Mindset change
9:15 - First days in a new Organization - How to make an impact in a new Atmosphere
9:51 - Right Kind of Failures
11:52 - How to assess talent/build team
13:09 - Advice to New Recruiters
15:46 - Connecting Hiring Managers
16:57 - Science of Recruiting/ Data in Recruiting
20:25 - Linkedin Talent Insights Tool
23:35 - Importance of DMI
25:20 - Role of Diversity in Hiring Process
29:19 - Effect of Covid
32:30 - Work Life Imbalance
34:46 - How to keep culture alive?
37:44 - Greatest Piece of Advice