Archive for the 'Stupid HR Tricks' Category


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 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 […]


Play Hardball With Slowpoke Employers

Monday, March 17th, 2014

When your job search stalls, two things stand out as big culprits: resumes and wishful thinking. Last week we discussed how your resume can hamper your job search. In this edition — Part 2 –, we’ll discuss how slowpoke employers can distract you from your goal of landing a good job. In the March 18, […]


Big Data, Big Problems for Job Seekers?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In the January 21, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick asks readers for help with an upcoming TV news interview: There’s no question from a reader this week. Instead, I’m asking all of you readers a question. May I have your help? I’ve been asked to appear on a TV news show to discuss how […]


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 […]


Just how stupid is Google about interviewing?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

So I get back from a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area and find a slew of e-mails from readers who wanted to share a link to this hilarious article in The Atlantic: Google Finally Admits That Its Infamous Brainteasers Were Completely Useless for Hiring And every Ask The Headhunter reader who sent […]


What’s HR Got to Do With It?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Fast on the heels of last week’s column, Why HR should get out of the hiring business, I did Gil Gross’s talk radio show in San Francisco (KKSF Talk910 am). We discussed what’s broken about America’s employment system, why good workers can’t get hired, and what HR (human resources) departments have to do with it… What’s […]


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 […]


Manufacturing a Talent Shortage: How companies conspire not to hire you

Monday, November 19th, 2012

So American companies say there’s a skills and talent shortage, and they can’t find workers qualified to do the job? And technology companies, in particular, complain the loudest? According to a Computerworld report, it’s easy to see why. Some companies seem to be conspiring to block recruiting and hiring altogether: “The U.S. Department of Justice has […]