Archive for December, 2008


What flavor of headhunter is this?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Could you please clear up the different recruiter types? What exactly is the difference between Contingency, Corporate, Retained, Staffing/Temp, etc.? What advantages/disadvantages does each pose? And what level of hiring (entry, mid, exec, etc.) does each do? Corporate Recruiters are the folks who work in a company’s HR department. They recruit only for their own […]


Proctology in the service of HR

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

In Just how good are your references anyway? I suggested that we might all raise our standards by applying the extreme methods that President-elect Obama is using to screen candidates for cabinet positions. Reader Lucille asked if I was being sarcastic and titaniumtux pointed out that I’m the guy who suggests withholding salary history information. So […]


Just how good are your references anyway?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

You know how bugged I get when employers go over the top and ask background questions that are no one’s business. Reader Steve Amoia sent me a gem from the International Herald Tribune, about President-elect Barack Obama’s candidate questionnaire… And it set me to thinking. Why shouldn’t an employer ask all these questions? Just how […]


Out of exit excuses

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In a recent edition of the Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I discussed exit interviews — the cockroaches of the HR world. You just can’t get rid of ‘em, but you don’t wanna swallow one, either. Ed Heron, a seasoned manager, submitted comments that I’d like to share with you. His perspective is sharp and on […]