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Why Ask Why?

7 March, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
Why ask the “why” questions? The easiest part of the executive recruiting process, candidate screening, is determining whether the applicants are qualified or not.  That is a task typically performed by researchers or junior recruiters, comparing candidate resumes against the client’s selection criteria. It is the rare exception that a clearly unqualified candidate gets hired, […] Read more»

CANDIDATE REFERENCES: Note to Candidates, Employers

24 February, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
VICTORIA, Texas — “I don’t understand what happened.  Their references were really good.” That is a common statement made when board members or human resource executives are asked to explain why the candidate they hired did not work out,  was “not a good fit.” Note to Candidates:  If you submit a list of references who […] Read more»

The Ethics of Providing Misleading References

16 December, 2015 Posted by John G. Self
One of my mother’s oft repeated lines, reflective of her status as a true Southern Lady, was, “If you can’t say anything good about a person, don’t say anything at all.” Hardly her original line but it is certainly a standard of conduct worthy of practice. There is a variation to this standard in the recruiting industry. When giving a reference, recruiters would prefer that executives adopt this rule: I Read more»