Archive for the 'Hiring' Category


How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In the June 23, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick responds to readers who want to know what he thinks of a Time magazine cover story about employers that use “XQ” to assess job applicants. Your XQ: More HR B.S.? Readers have been peppering me with questions, asking my reaction to a recent Time cover […]


Talent Crisis: Managers who don’t recruit

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In the June 2, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders what the problem is with employers. They really can’t find the hires they need?? Question Why do companies seem to have such a hard time finding the people they say they need — the “talent?” I apply for jobs that I know I’m […]


Spamming To Fill Jobs: Idiots peeing on telephone poles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the May 19, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss the e-mail habits of certain job seekers and recruiters. What a mess. I couldn’t make this stuff up Lately I’ve been railing against institutional failures in the job hunting and hiring process — job boards, HR departments, and vendors of automated recruiting stupidity. But […]


Reductionist Recruiting: A short history of why you can’t get hired

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In the May 12, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I launch a rant about runaway technology in the world of employment. I mean, it’s way past stupid and counter-productive. It’s dangerous! Or, Why LinkedIn gets paid even when jobs don’t get filled If you’re going to recruit and hire people for your business, or if […]


Reddit’s Ellen Pao: Your pay is what I say

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao sounds like an HR manager whose goal is to save salary dollars: If you interview with her, you’re not allowed to ask for more money than she offers you. See Reddit CEO Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations. Well, I’ve got a simple answer to that: I’ll go interview somewhere else, where […]


Dissed By HR: Can you top this?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

In the April 7, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader hears a tired, old story from an HR manager. How much bad HR behavior will job seekers and employers put up with? Job hunters say the darndest things — things that sometimes cost them interviews or job offers. But job hunters don’t represent entire […]


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 […]


How employers help scammers steal your Social Security number

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It was inevitable: Scammers are stealing job seekers’ identities using over-the-top interview protocols established by employers to gather sensitive personal data. Have employers gone too far demanding too much of job applicants before they even need the information? Great news! A well-known employer in your area sends you an e-mail saying it wants to interview […]