Archive for the 'Interviewing' Category


The Intimidated Job Applicant: Pay me whatever you like!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

In the May 3, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a wishful job seeker tries pandering to employers. Question I was reading your advice about when to bring up money in a job interview. The advice from outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas here in Chicago is to never bring up compensation until an offer is […]


The Bad-Business Job Offer: Negotiating not allowed!

Monday, March 21st, 2016

In the March 22, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wastes time with an employer who doesn’t negotiate. Question I received a job offer for $80,000, which is low for what my position gets in my industry. I responded that I’m excited about joining the team, and I counter-offered for $85,000, outlining what my […]


No resume, no job posting, no application, no interview: Microsoft Video Edition

Monday, March 14th, 2016

In the March 15, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we do something completely different. We take a video approach to “the mountain” that stands between you and your next job. Surviving the new economics of work Microsoft recently asked me to talk for 20 minutes to thousands of IT (information technology) professionals whose jobs are […]


Will employers explode if you squeeze them for interview feedback?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

In the March 8, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to make failed interviews pay off. Question I had a good interview, or so I thought. The manager complimented me on our discussion, and I could tell she was impressed, but I guess I just wasn’t the right fit. I know everyone […]


Can I play one employer against another to get a better job offer?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

In the February 9, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks whether it’s okay to threaten one employer with a job offer from another employer. Question I’m a recruiter and I want to address what happens when people are interviewing with multiple employers. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting an employer know […]


What’s the secret to the thank-you note?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

In the February 2, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks about adding value after a job interview. Question Your newsletter has been an education for me. First as an employer, now as an applicant seeking to move on. But, there’s one topic you haven’t mentioned: the thank-you, or follow-up letter. When should it […]


Do employers haze new college grads in interviews?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

In the January 26, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about where parents fit in the career equation. Question I’m a senior at a big state university in the midwest. I have applied for many jobs and gotten a few leads, and some employers are inquiring via my LinkedIn account. The problem is that […]


Ask this question before you agree to an interview

Monday, December 14th, 2015

In the December 15, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains that employers hide the money. Question On an almost weekly basis, headhunters ping me about technical jobs they want to fill, but they won’t tell me what a job will pay. Then we get down to the brass tacks, and rarely do any […]


You’re The Headhunter!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

In the December 1, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, you are in control! Step right up… Every week, I answer your questions in the Ask The Headhunter e-mail newsletter, and then we adjourn here, where we discuss and hash out the issues and options behind the Q&A. I like to tell people that the advice, […]


Get the manager’s resume before you interview for the job

Monday, November 16th, 2015

In the November 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants a resume from the employer. Question Don’t you think jobs should have “resumes?” Assuming an interview has been scheduled, should an applicant ask for a formal, printed description of the job to retain and review before a job offer is made, or only […]