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Russian Roulette In Executive Search

19 September, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
A major hospital is ready to make an offer to a prized senior leadership candidate. This is the candidate they want. The other finalist is impressive, but not a spot-on fit. Then the worst possible thing happens. Problems with the number one candidate’s background check. Two arrests. This prized leader was not forthcoming concerning serious issues in his background. How could this happen? How the recruitment pr Read more»

Let The Candidate Beware…

15 September, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
I just finished reviewing a Confidential Position Prospectus for a major southern California academic medical center. The search firm leading the assignment is one of the largest in the world. I was more than a little surprised. Read more»

BIG IDEA: Secondary References Can Be Dangerous

27 July, 2008 Posted by John G. Self
As soon as you give up the name of a former colleague to an interviewer, you have just provided a Secondary Reference. If this person does not remember you, or if they did not think highly of you, well...you may have opened a whole can of worms that could kill your chances of employment. Read more»