Archive for the 'For Managers' Category


Executive Search: Don’t pay lazy headhunters

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In the September 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks why headhunters charge you to join their database so they can “find” you and earn big fees by placing you. Where’s the search in that? I run a small, high-tech company and I’ve been looking at various models for hiring top-level executive talent, […]


Bet you can’t answer this one interview question: A challenge to Lou Adler

Monday, February 25th, 2013

In the February 26, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a hiring manager wants to know what one question I love to ask job candidates: When I interview people, I use questions my personnel department gives me, as well as a few of my personal favorites. What’s your favorite interview question to ask job applicants and […]


Yada, Yada, Yada: Desperate hiring

Monday, November 12th, 2012

In the November 13, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a hiring manager asks how to distinguish acting from honest interviewing: Hiring great people is a noble goal but it raises two challenges: how to attract candidates with those rare, valuable qualities into your pipeline, and how to identify them in the interviewing process when everyone […]


Pssst! Here’s where you should be recruiting top talent!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here’s an excerpt from a comment posted by Mason on another column, Get Hired: No resume, no interview, no joke: The problem is this. Employers actually LOVE this current job market. They can control costs by paying exactly what they want for a given job/position…and they have an ENORMOUS pool of willing applicants from which to choose. Some […]


Could you score an interview with this manager?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

In the September 11, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager takes us into “the lab” and shows us how he actually interviews candidates to determine whether they can do the job. Special Edition Ever wonder whether the job hunting and hiring methods we discuss on this blog really work? Do you wonder whether there […]


Pop Quiz: Can an employer take back a job offer?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

In the June 5, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a guy gets honorably discharged from the military, carries a secret clearance, but has a misdemeanor conviction from 2003 for which he’s done probation. He gets a job offer. Then the nightmare begins: Today I received a job offer from a large, well-known and respected company. […]


HR Wags The Dog

Monday, May 21st, 2012

In the May 21, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, an executive who’s about to be interviewed by another executive wants to know why HR is sticking its nose into the process: You are going to love this. (NOT!) I was contacted by an ex-colleague to ask if I’d be interested in the position of Regional […]


Netflix: Another stupid employer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Netflix bungled its business last year and ticked off lots of its customers, who quickly cancelled the service. It was a case study of a business and public relations disaster. Now Netflix is at it again — this time by advertising for “recent college graduates” to fill jobs anyone could do. Age discrimination anyone? The […]


Can an employer charge you for quitting?

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In the May 1, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, an employer is out $6,000 when a new hire found through an agency jumps ship after 15 days. Can the employer charge the next employee for quitting? We recently hired an employee using an agency through which he was temping for us. We paid the temp […]


Should I give equity to entice a new hire?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

In the March 13, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, the owner of a start-up business asks whether it’s smart to give equity to a new hire: After years of frustration with the way many professional services firms treat their clients, I decided to launch my own business. I have had modest success in my first […]