March 5, 2010

Bloomberg: Profit-based job hunting & hiring

Filed under: Hiring, Job Search

From Bloomberg TV,  March 5, 2010:
Nick talks about “the jobs numbers” and shifting hiring trends
with news anchors Lori Rothman and Mark Crumpton.


13 Comments on “Bloomberg: Profit-based job hunting & hiring”
By Spencer
March 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm


Great job. Your are as articulate in person as on the website.

Funny though, the questions that were asked by the anchors were, in themselves, indicitive of how people just “dont get it.” But you did handle them with aplombe.

Good luck changing the game, Nick!

By Tajana
March 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Nick, I was really proud to watch you, since I have been a fan and following your blog for a number of years. The game has been changing for awhile, and you are helping change it. I am tweeting this post.

By Nick Corcodilos
March 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Did I really say… “It just literally popped into my head…!”??

Ouch! What a dope… Perfect opportunity to explain what Ask The Headhunter is all about and I go bluh-bluh-bluh… !

By JB King
March 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Entertaining interview there. Sadly, Nick seemed to be on the ball and the anchors seemed to not quite get the point. Thanks Nick for having this advice site and taking the questions you do.

The “It just literally popped into my head” was the kind of honest off-the-cuff remark I’d expect from you, being the honest straight-shooter that you are.

By Jim Jarvis
March 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

It is what it is, Nick. You didn’t handle it badly.

The interviewers were only half listening to the answers, being more absorbed with what question to ask next, and the rigors of managing their time line. One of the greater flaws in broadcast journalism.

But good promotion for ATHH! Nice work, Nick.

By Steve Lehman
March 9, 2010 at 7:47 am

Nick, great interview. You succinctly reviewed the best way to approach job hunting. Very honest, straight forward…. direct and spontaneous…even “it just popped into my head”. Too bad the questions were the same-old, same-old.
Thanks for reinforcing your weekly job search nuggets.

By Chuck Burgess
March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Wow, I’d have to agree that the hosts’ questions indicate that they didn’t “get it”. I got the feeling the questions were mostly from a “can I spin it this way” mindset, sometimes paired with a “can I point out a he-said/she-said conflict area”.

By Nick Corcodilos
March 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

TV is a very different medium. The anchors are sitting there with dozens of stories to cover and they’re working for the most part from teleprompters. It’s virtually impossible to discuss a topic in two 2.5 minute bursts, so you try to do your best. And you can’t just talk about what you want to talk about – as you can see, it’s all driven by questions they ask, and you just need to try to get some useful points in. My rule for doing TV is, I’ll do it if it’s a legit network and if they send a car to ferry me back and forth! (The best gig I ever did on TV was for MSNBC when it was first started – an hour-long Q&A segment in which we took questions from the audience all around the country. THAT was fun!)

Thanks for all your kind words! If you liked it and want more, take a minute and shoot a note to Bloomberg telling them so! (Don’t complain about the anchors – just ask for a longer segment on whatever topic you’re interested in.)

By Melissa
March 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The last question…FAIL…as you explain you are not as your answer, just an advice site.

By Nick Corcodilos
March 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

@Melissa: You are absolutely right. Good observation and one I made when I first saw the video. I should not have mentioned Monster. And I should have said that Ask The Headhunter is the intelligent alternative to job boards, where we learn how to demonstrate our value to win a job.

Which just goes to show – no matter how experienced you are with interviews, a post mortem review is important if you want to do it better next time. I’ve watched that segment again and again, and I walk away shaking my head each time. “Coulda done it a lot better.”

By Melissa
March 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hey Nick, I meant the gal who interviewed you as
she obviously failed to do her due diligence checking out your website.
Your answer was actually perfect IMHO.

April 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

I have a question for you, Nick irrelevant to the above.


By Ask The Headhunter® | Nick Corcodilos – Stand Out: How to be the profitable hire
June 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

[…] Why should a mature company be held to a lower standard? It shouldn’t — yet I know bigger companies are, with the excuse that they are “more complex.” So what? It’s okay for bigger enterprises to have sloppier profit metrics? Just look at the news — it’s why we see massive down-sizings. Management lost sight of profit for too long! (See Bloomberg: Profit-based job hunting and hiring.) […]

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