Category: Ethics

  • Choosing The Right Executive Search Firm

    Each work day, I receive an e-mail from Hunt Scanlon Media (a source of information in the human capital sector) – see https://huntscanlon.com/.  Last week, they included an article on selecting the right search firm – see...

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  • WELLLLL . . . . . . is NOT a good way to start your answer!

    Surprises in my business are not necessarily a good thing – especially when we are learning about a candidate.  We need to get to know candidates quite well.  We want to know about their education and experience.  We want to know their chronological...

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  • Confidentiality!

    The vast majority of candidates that we contact for the retained/executive searches are happily, busily and gainfully employed.  When we reach out to them, we do not know if they are open to a move.  We don’t even know if they are open to our call.  We,...

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  • Ethics

    I was reading Friday’s Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (from October 12, 2018).  There is a program coming up called the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics.  The accompanying information says the program is an opportunity to...

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  • Creativity Counts (Okay - Not Always!)

    I should not have to repeat this message every six months.  But we are being tested . . . . . people are being more creative.  Two stories need to be told - one from the news (politics); one about one of our candidates.   We have...

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  • Integrity (Tell The Truth!)

    We interview people for a living.  We don’t interview many, however.  We talk to hundreds – many of those conversations are short.  We explain why we are calling.  We explore the basics of an opportunity to see if it is appropriate for the person...

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  • Generalist (‘Multi-Specialty’ Firm) versus Specialist Executive Search Firm

    Clients often ask search firms how they are different from others.  There are many angles from which to view a given firm’s differentiation—geographic focus, industry sector specialization, and functional focus, to name a few.  However, one of the...

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  • Off-Limits - Rarely Discussed but Commonly an Issue

    Go to the website of most search firms.  They are similar - approach, team, etc.  But something is often missing.   Off-Limits This is a topic that is rarely proactive asked about, but has been one of the reasons we have...

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  • What is the ethical thing to do? (Guest blog by Brenda Devlin)

    (Our first guest blog - thank you to Brenda Devlin!) An HR professional in the job market: As an HR leader, I found myself in the job market recently after successfully restructuring myself out of a job. Going into the job search, I...

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  • Google Is A Powerful Tool

    The subtitle should read: Tell The Truth We have written about people who do not tell the truth about their credentials in the past. We find that between 10% - 15% of all candidates fabricate a degree on their resume. It is easy to catch . . . . . we...

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