Archive for the 'Recruiting' Category


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 […]


Why do recruiters suck so bad?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In the July 1, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader expresses serious reservations about recruiters: I am a 46-year-old woman who has been rendered 100% unemployable in the New Economy. I’d just like some help in understanding what’s going on. My experience with recruiters has been terrible, and as a recruiter I thought you could […]


Smart Hiring: How a savvy manager finds great hires (Part 2)

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

In the June 3, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager tells how she finds great hires. Last week we heard from Annie, a manager whose approach to interviewing and hiring reflects how she likes to be treated as a job applicant. She doesn’t rely on job boards. She treats applicants respectfully and always gets […]


Smart Hiring: A manager who respects applicants (Part 1)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

In the May 27, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager explains how she hires by respecting job applicants: I’m a longtime reader. Your advice has helped me in my job searches and salary negotiations. I recently landed a great job with a great salary, where I have done very well. Well enough, in fact, […]


The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In the April 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks me to stop dissing job boards: You claim that job boards don’t work. Yet virtually every job in the world is advertised on job boards, and employers use job boards all the time! Just look at all the traffic they get. I think […]


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 […]


Executive Search: Don’t pay lazy headhunters

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In the September 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks why headhunters charge you to join their database so they can “find” you and earn big fees by placing you. Where’s the search in that? I run a small, high-tech company and I’ve been looking at various models for hiring top-level executive talent, […]


LinkedIn Payola: Selling out employers and job hunters

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Introduction You’re an employer. You pay LinkedIn to search its profiles when you’re recruiting. Do you care that the job applicants who rise to the top of your search results paid for their positioning? In a sweeping 1950s music industry scandal, radio deejays were exposed for taking money — payola — from record promoters to […]


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 […]