Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


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 […]


Protect yourself from exploding job offers

Monday, January 18th, 2016

I don’t know where they’re all coming from: bogus job offers extended by employers, then withdrawn after the job applicant has relied on the offer and quit their old job. In the January 19, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is smart enough to ask how to avoid being left without a job at […]


Should I let my millennial kid make a huge career mistake?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

In the January 11, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about where parents fit in the career equation. Question My twenty-something daughter has worked here in the U.S. for three years in her first job out of college as a content manager for a website that focuses on business and culture on another continent. […]


How to work with headhunters

Monday, December 21st, 2015

In the December 22, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about how to work with headhunters. Is it good to work with many headhunters? That’s a question I am asked a lot. You might be surprised at my answer — and at the risks you face if you don’t know what you’re doing. These […]


References: How employers bungle a competitive edge

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In the December 8, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader gets down on reference checking. Question I’ve come to the conclusion that asking for references is about the dumbest thing a company can do in the hiring process. First, I believe that any prior employer is only obligated to give the dates you worked […]


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, […]


The Training Gap: How employers lose their competitive edge

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

In the November 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions the lunacy of the training gap. Question I am responding to your question asking whether or not we, your readers, agree with employers that there is a “skills gap.” I am not sure I can really answer your question, though I will tell […]


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 […]