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References:  The Weak Link in the Recruiting Chain

22 November, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
References are a weak link in the recruiting chain. Everyone knows that candidates will (should) submit only those colleagues who will speak highly of them.  So why not strengthen your reference list?  Why not differentiate yourself in a way hat many other candidates fail to do? Instead of mistakenly seeing references as an after thought […] Read more»

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»