Archive for the 'Interviewing' Category


Bait & Switch Job Offers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

In the January 20, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker interviews for a senior job only to receive a silly offer for a lower level job. Question I have not been on the job market since 2007, and after a layoff early October 2014 I am fighting my way through this job market. […]


2 really insulting interview questions

Monday, January 12th, 2015

We often discuss the Top 10 Stupid Interview Questions that employers ask. This week we’ll talk about two really insulting questions that interviewers should never ask — and how you might respond. One question was posed by a headhunter, and the other by an employer. In the January 13, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, two […]


4 Fearless Job Hunting Tips for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24th, 2014

In the November 25, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, there’s no Q&A. Instead… I used to take a break during Thanksgiving week and skipped publishing an edition of the newsletter so that I could cook, bake, and fill the larder with goodies for the holiday. But last year I started a new tradition and cooked […]


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 […]


Employers shouldn’t keep secrets from job applicants

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In the September 23, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker wants to see the facts: If I had realized some of the intricate policies of my current company, I may have thought twice before taking this job. For instance, they said you get two weeks’ vacation time. It turns out you get 80 […]


Gotcha! Get job offer concessions in writing!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

In the September 16, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker tries to finesse a good job offer: I just received a fantastic offer from a growing company that comes with a huge salary increase. I have a few days to decide while they conduct a background check and will enter negotiations once the […]


A stupid interview question to ask a woman

Monday, September 8th, 2014

In the September 9, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker wonders why male interviewers ask about her spouse: I am looking for a job that is a greater challenge and I’ve been making the rounds with the recruiters in my industry. So far, of three male recruiters and three male interviewers I have […]


How and when to reject a job interview

Monday, August 18th, 2014

When I answer readers’ questions, we don’t usually learn about the outcome. In this week’s edition, a reader follows up and we see what happens when someone takes my advice. In the August 19, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker interviews an employer before the interview: I have been invited to interview for […]


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 […]