Can you hear me now? There are countless articles on how to prepare for and conduct a better interview as a candidate. In fact, I've added to the trove over time with my own salient advice. And it is helpful to review this material should you be on the interview trail so have at it. … Continue reading Follow-up


Its You

Not long ago I wrote about some silly things employers do to mash up the recruitment process. You can read that here¬† In all fairness though it helps to balance the equation by reporting on a few things I've experienced (I've been recruiting a long time) that candidates do. It seems there is plenty of … Continue reading Its You

It Happens

Choice can be hard to explain. A friend of mine recently went through a recruiting process for a job she really wanted only to experience, at the end, the ignominity of not being selected. Hey, I've been there: it hurts. Sometimes we take this rejection personally as if a lover had turned us down. We … Continue reading It Happens

Table Manners

Ever wonder what's it like to be in the other side of the table? Recently I began searching for a new opportunity: I've got some solid leads and have felt great about saying "no" to opportunities that don't fit. It's a good thing. And yet embarking on the job hunt inevitably results in the interview, … Continue reading Table Manners

The Long Way

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. Sooner or later most us gravitate to career paths and follow our disciplines. And, although many of us will change those paths from time to time, it's typically done with foresight and thought. And then there's another group of employees. Recently I … Continue reading The Long Way

Burn Rate

What are you looking for? Not long ago a colleague was breaking down her experience with a small but growing firm, and her ultimate decision to withdraw from the application process although she was deep into it. "I didn't want to get burned" she said. Puzzled momentarily with a small explanation I knew exactly what … Continue reading Burn Rate

Revolving Door

Some things never change.I pay a lot of attention to the job boards and hiring activity in the local area. As both a contractor and a fairly connected person, it's always good for me to know who's hiring etc. I makes lots of referrals.One thing I've noticed is that there's a certain group of companies … Continue reading Revolving Door


Oh sure, kick a guy when he's down.I haven't had the best week. And to add insult to injury just yesterday I received an email from a company detailing how nice it was to talk with me about my qualifications but, unfortunately, they were not moving ahead with my candidacy.Considering that I never actually applied … Continue reading Rejected

Perfect Candidate

What price perfect? A mark of the modern employment market is the seeming inability to find skilled, competent employees. Companies continually complain about the lack of fundamental skills in recent graduates while government clamors for increased STEM education. But this mistates the situation. Even as communities continue to recover from massive outsourcing and the worst … Continue reading Perfect Candidate


And the games continue. By now most HR people know that SHRM has decided to offer its own certification process and tag for HR professionals. Others have written about the internecine certification battle between SHRM and HRCI so we don't have to repeat that here. There is a broader question which is seldom acknowledged but … Continue reading Certifiable