Archive for the 'Hiring' Category


Big HR Data: Why Internet Explorer users aren’t worth hiring

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

In the February 4, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we’re catching up on the TV news segment I told you about recently… Ask The Headhunter Video This space is normally devoted to Q&A: A “live” problem faced by a reader, and my advice. But two weeks ago, in the January 20 edition, I asked for […]


Big Data, Big Problems for Job Seekers?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In the January 21, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick asks readers for help with an upcoming TV news interview: There’s no question from a reader this week. Instead, I’m asking all of you readers a question. May I have your help? I’ve been asked to appear on a TV news show to discuss how […]


Just how stupid is Google about interviewing?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

So I get back from a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area and find a slew of e-mails from readers who wanted to share a link to this hilarious article in The Atlantic: Google Finally Admits That Its Infamous Brainteasers Were Completely Useless for Hiring And every Ask The Headhunter reader who sent […]


Why HR should get out of the hiring business

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In the April 2, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter complains about HR: Throughout my career I have gotten new jobs by meeting and talking to managers who would be my bosses. Now I keep running into the Human Resources roadblock in companies where I’d like to talk to a manager about a […]


Systemic Recruitment Fraud: How employers fund America’s jobs crisis

Monday, January 21st, 2013

In the January 22, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, reader John Franklin (who appeared with me on a PBS NewsHour segment last September) says recruitment advertising is often deceptive and asks how widespread I think the problem is: Hi, Nick — Happy New Year. I was one of the other folks featured in the PBS story Is […]


Manufacturing a Talent Shortage: How companies conspire not to hire you

Monday, November 19th, 2012

So American companies say there’s a skills and talent shortage, and they can’t find workers qualified to do the job? And technology companies, in particular, complain the loudest? According to a Computerworld report, it’s easy to see why. Some companies seem to be conspiring to block recruiting and hiring altogether: “The U.S. Department of Justice has […]


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 […]


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 […]


Modern Advances In Career Science: Eliminate the humans

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If you’re smart and know how to show an employer how you’ll contribute to the bottom line, you don’t need Big Data — and you’ve got little competition. But Big Data is the Modern Advance In Career Science, and the objective is to eliminate the humans from job hunting, recruiting, and hiring. Joel Cheesman had […]


Hiring Manager: HR is the problem, you are the solution

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In the July 17, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager complains that Human Resources (HR) departments are behind the talent shortage: I don’t have a question, but I want to share stories about two candidates that I interviewed. (I am a manager.) I am continually astounded at the kinds of idiotic discrimination I see companies engage […]