Archive for May, 2012


PoachBase: Another stupid recruiting start-up

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You can’t make this stuff up. Now your company can recruit losers, and hire recruiters who can do it more easily. Featured at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference: A pitch by a start-up calling itself PoachBase. The “company’s” tag-line: Poach talent from dying companies. The idea is to monitor other start-ups for death rattles and then […]


HR Wags The Dog

Monday, May 21st, 2012

In the May 21, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, an executive who’s about to be interviewed by another executive wants to know why HR is sticking its nose into the process: You are going to love this. (NOT!) I was contacted by an ex-colleague to ask if I’d be interested in the position of Regional […]


Netflix: Another stupid employer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Netflix bungled its business last year and ticked off lots of its customers, who quickly cancelled the service. It was a case study of a business and public relations disaster. Now Netflix is at it again — this time by advertising for “recent college graduates” to fill jobs anyone could do. Age discrimination anyone? The […]


Another Top-10 Stupid Interview Question: “Tell us all about yourself!”

Monday, May 14th, 2012

In the May 15, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter comes up with a good way to deal with one of the Top-10 Stupid Interview Questions: I’m looking at positions as an intermediate- or senior-level software developer, and I’m trying to think of new ways to tackle the famous open-ended interview question. Here’s […]


How to Boost Your Salary Quickly and Often

Monday, May 7th, 2012

In the May 8, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we’re covering something different: A wild story… From The Headhunter Files People seem to enjoy hearing some of the stranger stories from The Headhunter Files. I usually share these only in my live presentations and workshops, but I think it’s time to go public. Rather than […]