Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


How can I find the truth about a company?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

In the April 21, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders if it’s possible to figure out what an employer is really like — before accepting a job offer. Question You emphasize the importance of showing how you’d “do the job” in a job interview, and how you’d produce value for the employer. But […]


Why & how you should give employers an ultimatum

Monday, April 20th, 2015

In the April 21, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader meets an employer who is losing the best job candidates to the competition because he uses interviews to reject applicants — not to hire them. This week’s story is long, but it puts a sharp focus on the trouble with employers these days. It […]


A headhunter locked me out of jobs for 6 months

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In the April 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says getting referred for a job by a headhunter cost him the job — because the employer didn’t want to pay the fee. Question I applied for a job on Indeed.com at a medical facility. A person called representing herself as working for the […]


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 […]


Say NO to tests prior to an interview

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

In the March 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about investing time in employment tests before the employer invests time in an interview. Question I applied for a Senior Director position with a large healthcare software company. I was “selected” by HR to begin the recruitment process, which starts with “assessment tests” […]


How to fix a bad reference the hard way

Monday, March 16th, 2015

In the March 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader needs to deal with an old boss who’s probably also a bad reference. Question I just had an interview where I followed your advice in Fearless Job Hunting, Book 6. I took control, offered to show how I’d do the job, and demonstrated to […]


My boss won’t deliver a promised raise

Monday, March 9th, 2015

In the March 10, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains that the boss laughs off a “small” raise. Question I work for the CFO of a huge company and I am grossly underpaid. When I brought this to his attention (several times) he finally thanked me and laughed it off, saying that I […]


Should I take a big counter-offer?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In the March 3, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader considers a big, fat counter-offer not to leave a job she hates for one she really wants. Question I work in the financial services industry. For a year and a half, I was promised project management work but never got it. Recently I landed […]


How can shy people make job contacts?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

In the February 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to overcome shyness and capitalize on personal contacts as the path to a job. Question I am an intelligent, hardworking analyst who is also an introvert. Once I’m on the job, I’m fine and people like me. But getting contacts lined up […]


The 6 Gotchas of Goodbye

Monday, February 16th, 2015

In the February 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss how HR can make your exit tricky — and how to protect yourself. The last word on leaving your job When you leave a job, HR is often waiting for you with a few tricks. I call this exit gantlet the 6 gotchas of […]