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Can you trust a headhunted candidate?

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31st July 2013

Isn’t that a very peculiar question for a Headhunter to ask? I only ask it because I saw it recently mentioned in an episode of the American drama “The Good Wife”. The scene in question was when an intern was being poached by a rival law firm and the senior associate advised her not to go to the competition if you’re being headhunted as the new company will never trust you. Being a headhunter, I was a little taken aback by this and I thought that can’t be true, can it? I’m obviously very biased but I don’t think it means you can’t trust the candidate. For them to consider the new opportunity to begin with means there might be factors in their current role they’re not happy about or the new role was so compelling they couldn’t say no. Or they were persuaded by a very talented headhunter to have the initial conversation and after meeting the client they were “wooed” into the job. This is how the executive search market works, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which way you look at it. To say you can’t trust a headhunted candidate is very unfair to the candidate in question so to simplify it so crudely is not right. If they’re a good candidate, they will always be approached about opportunities and that’s not their fault. They’ll be just as committed and loyal to their new company until they are headhunted again! 😉

P.S.  Mr Burns from The Simpsons was the only image I could think of to represent a character you cannot trust.  Fortunately, he isn’t someone we would represent at Audeliss.



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