Archive for the 'For Managers' Category


Wanted: HR exec with the guts to not ask for your SSN

Monday, December 1st, 2014

In the December 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker hesitates to hand over a Social Security number: Question The more I read your columns, the more I realize that the employment process is not just broken. It’s inappropriate and run by people who think they can demand anything from people who need […]


The Do-It-Yourself Interview (for managers)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

In the November 18, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we take a look at what managers need to ask themselves, before they ask job candidates anything: You’re a hiring manager Your human resources department just handed you a list of questions to use when interviewing job candidates. Put it aside. We can do better. The […]


HR Pornography: Interview videos

Monday, October 13th, 2014

In the October 14, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker won’t make a video: My wife, a veteran in her field, began a search for a better job and company. In the past, she used the broken and traditional job hunting methods. After showing her the Ask The Headhunter website and purchasing the […]


Smart Hiring: How a savvy manager finds great hires (Part 2)

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

In the June 3, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager tells how she finds great hires. Last week we heard from Annie, a manager whose approach to interviewing and hiring reflects how she likes to be treated as a job applicant. She doesn’t rely on job boards. She treats applicants respectfully and always gets […]


Smart Hiring: A manager who respects applicants (Part 1)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

In the May 27, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager explains how she hires by respecting job applicants: I’m a longtime reader. Your advice has helped me in my job searches and salary negotiations. I recently landed a great job with a great salary, where I have done very well. Well enough, in fact, […]


Why employers should pay job applicants

Monday, April 28th, 2014

In the April 29, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader suggests getting paid before getting hired, or why waste time interviewing? Again and again, companies waste my time while they “assess” me in endless interviews and with employment tests. They’re wasting my time and theirs, but they don’t care because they are getting paid. […]


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 […]