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Halloween Special: 4 Points Your Boss Has In Common With A Serial Killer

Oldies are Goldies: It is Halloween and time for a special edition! Did you already notice that your boss is a little weird sometimes and often shows strange behavior which you do not understand? A possible explanation is that he is a serial killer (though there may be other reasons). Let’s have a closer look at 4 points a serial killer and your boss have in common: Ethnics: A serial killer: The vast majority of seri
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Candidates: The Only Two Questions You Really Need To Ask In The Job Interview

This posting breaks down 13 years’ of experience and 2,200 interviews I have personally conducted, hundreds of interviews with my candidates I assisted to after having briefed them and hundreds of pre- and post-briefing calls. If I had to give you one ultimate career advice on the two, and only TWO questions you REALLY need to ask in the interview, this would be the ones I recommend: „What do you want me to do?“ Of c
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Work Hard, Live Better: Work Life Balance Exists

This is a post by Rob Hornman, Hotelier, Motivational Speaker and Founder of IGNITION as well as Partner at QUO. Formerly, Rob was CEO of World Hotels AG and VP at Sofitel Luxury Hotels: “About three years ago I was heading home on a Friday night after another busy but rewarding week. I had left a bit earlier than usual as we were having dinner plans with the family. Hitting the roads early resulted in me endin
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Right Or Wrong: “Headhunters Find Jobs For Candidates”

„Wrong“, er „Right“ er „Not So Easy“… The answer should in theory be „wrong“ as the definition „client“ is in a for-profit context „the one who pays the invoice“. And in executive search or headhunting, this is the hiring company as the service is for free for the candidates. But then, if I wrote it like this, this would be a one paragraph posting. And, more importantly, I would not keep my promise of giving tr
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Five Tips for an Awesome Job Interview

This is a post by Tim Huff, a technology executive at Macy’s/ Bloomingdale’s: “Are you just another face in the crowd? Are you just another candidates who is forgotten about an hour after the job interview is complete? Of course not, you’re an awesome candidate whom any company would love to hire! But, you may be leaving a flat impression in your interviews without knowing it. As an interviewer, I often s
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How To Negotiate A Severance Package

Earl Nighingale gave one of the best career advice ever “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. .” As of a certain level on your career, it is normal to negotiate a departure rather than finding a new job first and then resigning from the old one.  because you had different views on the future strategy, because you had been appoint
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Recruiters – Three Reasons You Convert So Few Candidates Into Clients

Are you a professional recruiter, executive search/ research consultant or a headhunter and do you see a potential future client in every candidate? Have you been given ratios when you were a junior of „VIP candidates“ to lure into an interview with the only aim of trying to generate job leads from them? And have you also wondered why you convert eventually only so few candidates into clients? : 1) decision maker wit
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Right Or Wrong: “Recruiters Advertise Fake Jobs”

Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet , completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (this is valid for recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”). For the last 13 years since I started in this profession, I heard over and over again candidates who complained that when they met their recruiter, the job “was gone
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How To Recognize A Good Headhunter

Whilst it is almost impossible to recognize e.g. a good dentist (confirms my friend Carsten, a good dentist), this is much easier when you ask yourself the question how to recognize a good headhunter. Here are the  and help you understand if the recruiter in front of you is likely to be able to help you or not: X as in Expertise: How well does the headhunter know his/ her client/ candidate, the industry or at least t
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