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What do you do about an unfounded bad reference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul S. Gumbinner Aug 1, 2012. 12 Replies

I recently had an incident.  We got an assignment from a client because the hiring manage, who is a good friend, insisted that the company human resources department use us.Within a day, we found a…Continue

Why Clients Treat Contingency Recruiters Badly

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dyll Davies Jun 28, 2012. 9 Replies

Over the years I have heard dozens, perhaps hundreds of stories, about recruiters being treated poorly.  For many HR People, we are a necessary evil.  HR people believe that most recruiters merely…Continue

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What Offer Letters Are And Are Not

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 4:01pm 7 Comments

I posted this this week on my regular blog ( but thought it worth sharing with Recruiting Blog readers.

There are many misconceptions about offer letters.  However, before you read this post, please be aware that this is not intended to be legal advice. However, I want my readers and candidates to know what an offer letter is and is…


Here's A New One - A Candidate Who Will Not Supply References

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 8:59am 15 Comments

As we are nearing the end of the interview process, a client asked me to get references from a candidate.  I was blown away when the candidate emailed me and refused to supply references telling me that she did not want her references bothered until she had accepted the job.  First time this has happened in 27 years.

Now I have had a candidate who had a key reference at an existing company, but other references at previous employers and I made an offer pending the last…


A New One On Me

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 1:46pm 5 Comments

What I love about recruiting is that every day I learn something new.  Both good and bad.  Would love your opinion about this.


About ten months ago, I got two fee paid assignments from a foreign company with offices in the US.  One was a general manager, the other a director of digital.  I placed both candidates.


Last week I got a call from one of the GM candidates.  He had been approached by another recruiter to interview for a digital…


Need some advice. A problem we all should have.

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 12:02pm 3 Comments

I have been recruiting for 25 years and have just come across a situation I have never faced.  Perhaps some of you have been here and can offer advice.


I have a retained client looking for a CEO in the US.  The fee they are paying me is very significant and six figures, but specifically for this position. The client is headquartered abroad.  The client is very wonderful and upfront.  My initial panel included three people who he is interested in.  They were all flown to the…


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