Archive for the 'Interviewing' Category


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 […]


WTF! Inflatable Interviewer Dolls?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In the July 29, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader doesn’t feel like doing a solo job interview: What do you think of an employer that uses a video service such as Montage to conduct its pre-screening of job candidates? I was recently asked to do this and found the experience awful. You don’t get […]


The employer is hiding the salary!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In the July 15, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about wasting vacation time interviewing for the wrong jobs: I applied for a position in another state and got a call right away to set up an interview. I scheduled vacation time for this meeting and it went very well. I liked what I […]


Automated Reference Checks: You should be very worried

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In the July 8, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader thinks his references ruined his chances at a job offer: Help! I received a verbal offer of employment, but before the written offer they needed to verify my references through an online survey program. After two weeks, I’ve heard nothing from the employer and they’re […]


Illiteracy is a sign of ignorance

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

In the June 24, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions the value of spell-checkers: A friend of mine applied for a job as a “Principal Engineer” at a local software company. The company recruiter asked lots of questions about his writing ability. It turned out that the recruiter almost threw his resume out, believing […]