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Have you ever had an idea or theory that went against prevailing wisdom, but you knew it would work, anyway?  This is one of those ideas!

Today’s idea is sharing the bulk of your planned interview questions with the candidate in advance (i.e., when the interview is scheduled) — instead of springing questions on them under the “hot lights” of the interview setting.  The goal is to put the candidate in a position to tell you the most relevant information about their skills — avoiding a game of “gotcha” where the most quick-witted (but not necessarily most skilled) candidates beat out the reticent (but possibly more qualified) candidates every time.

Is “Only Extraverts Need Apply” A Good Plan? (No).

My good friend and colleague, Bill, is fond of saying, “We stand from where we sit.”  I’m not sure if this is really a southern expression or just something he made up —…

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Skype interviews are becoming more and more common these days. Here are some excellent tips for “Mastering A Video Interview” I found in a blog posting.


With the price of airline tickets skyrocketing, many companies are choosing to utilize video conferencing and Skype to interview potential new hires.  There are many pro’s to this method but there are also just as many pitfalls to avoid.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the lighting is good in the room that you will be sitting- bad lighting can make you look like a shadowy sinister figure
  • Make sure you look directly into the camera on your laptop or desktop and not the person’s face on your monitor- this gives a shifty impression.  It takes a little practice so I always do a practice Skype run with my candidates to make sure they see the difference.  Call someone you know on Skype and do a practice run
  • Your backdrop is very important as well- sit in an area of your house or office with no distracting…

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Some great advice on the power of Networking, and some mistakes to avoid!

Recruiting In Healthcare

The difference between networking and not working is just ONE letter. It’s a hard fact that in today’s job market, networking is vital to success. Which means getting yourself out there, making introductions and shaking hands is non-negotiable. In Joe Sweeney’s thoughtfully written book, we are reminded that “The Wall Street Journal reported that 94 percent of successful job hunters claimed that networking made all the difference for them.” In fact, 60-90 percent of jobs are found through friends, relatives, and direct contacts—not recruiting agencies or classifieds. It seems the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” has sizable grain of truth:  according to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly two-thirds of all workers found their current job because they “knew someone”.


Networking is key to staying top of mind if you’re currently employed and absolutely critical if you’re unemployed. Joe Sweeney pithily…

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Using Twitter as a Job Seeker…

Using Twitter as a Job Seeker…

Twitter can be a glorious tool

The 140 character limit, unfairly criticized by some, actually forces light, quick conversation. Stand still and observe and you won’t gain many followers, but jump in head first,  chat, mingle, and retweet and you’ll find that you have a growing band of followers. Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki advocates this style of social media use, whether you are a firm or a job seeker, and we agree. The last thing you want to do is over think how you post on Twitter, or come across as too ponderous, so we urge you to dive in.

Your Profile

Setting up a Twitter account is very user-friendly, go to and follow the prompts. Simple. Once you have set up a name; make sure you choose one that is relatively sober if you plan on using this account for interacting with potential employers. Your Twitter name is the second most visible element of your profile so choose wisely. You can always

Don’t stay with the egg – the default picture you are given by Twitter (even though some people have had fun with it) – a good picture shows everyone a bit about yourself and also implies that you are someone who is engaging fully with this medium.


Twitter is the perfect platform for job seekers, and its search capabilities are constantly being improved. Luckily for you Twitter is awash with recruiters and job postings, so finding them isn’t particularly taxing anyway.  Your main two options are searching under the Connect or Discover sections at the top of your Twitter dashboard.

The main difference between the two methods is this:

  • Searching for keywords in the Connect section will bring back Tweets and People related to your search
  • Looking in the Discover section will primarily bring back hash tags that relate to your search.
Both methods are useful but I particularly like hash tags, a tagging system that allows everyone on Twitter to track all posts labelled with that tag. You’ve probably seen hashtags used on television, most shows display a hashtag at the bottom of the screen so tweeters can join in (#idol is used for the singing show American Idol).  A #wsgjobs hash tag, for example, would be a way for us to label all tweets about positions we have at our firm. The #hashtags work like clickable links – pulling all the same hashtags together – a very simple way to search for things.


Another good way to organize people in Twitter is through lists. You can add any person on Twitter to a list, enabling you to see the most recent tweets of a particular group of people rather than a huge – and sometimes overwhelming – stream of Tweets from everyone you follow. Lists can be both public and private, meaning that you can make a private list of potential employers on Twitter and easily scroll through job postings every day. Simply click on the drop down button next to a Tweeter’s name and choose “add or remove from lists” to manage that person’s membership in your lists.

Twitter is a simple intuitive tool, equally user-friendly to desktop computers as it is to mobile devices, and I highly recommend it for all job seekers.

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The case for Networking – well made by Charles Hicks-Moore. Apple “evangelist” Guy Kawasaki makes a similar point about using social media.

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I’m adding a new category on this blog today – Networking!

I’ve been networking regularly or semi-regularly for 15 years. I really learned how to be more effective networking in December, 2000. If you are not “into” networking please keep in mind that that is a choice. I believe not networking is a pretty bad choice. There are exceptions. Joe Eszterhas, who has written very successful screenplays, says that you need to focus on your craft or some similar word. But he is very successful already. He has an agent who I’m sure is networking on his behalf.

People who are incredibly successful at this point when you do not have the same level of success may have different habits. Did NOT networking get Joe Ezsterhas where he is? He is definitely talented and bold, but there must have been a time when he had to network more than he…

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Tifiany Walker attends Steed Media Group’s HobNob Drive

Tifiany (c) attends the Hob Nob Drive toast along with Keshia Knight Pulliam and Munson Steed.

Late last month, WalkerSearchGroup CEO Tifiany Walker, attended Steed Media Group’s HobNob Drive, a custom publication honoring some of Motowns’s “trailblazers and game-changers”. The venue for this event was the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, an iconic institution at the very heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center.

Tifiany was among the sixteen women – an impressive roll call of civic and cultural icons, entrepreneurs and corporate executives – honored for their commitment to success. Tifiany was proud to attend, citing her core values of hard work, discipline and vigor as the reasons behind her success.

The Hob Nob Drive toast was hosted by actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist Keshia Knight Pulliam and Steed Media Group CEO Munson Steed.

Greg and Tifiany Walker Attend The Circle of Friends Preview Party

Greg and Tifiany Walker Attend The Circle of Friends Preview Party

Greg and Tifiany at the Circle of Friends preview party to support CARE House of Oakland County

Greg and Tifiany Walker, The Senior Managing Principal and CEO of WalkerSearchGroup, were proud to feature in a Detroit News article this February.

Chuck Bennett’s piece in the Detroit News focused on the Circle of Friends preview party at the Bloomfield Hills estate of Tom and Vicki Celani. The preview party was in honor of CARE House of Oakland County; an organization that seeks to be the leading resource in the prevention of child abuse in Oakland County, Michigan.

“It was the perfect cozy cocktail party. Several fireplaces were ablaze throughout the first level of the magnificent Bloomfield Hills estate of Tom and Vicki Celani, where more than 100 guests gathered last Wednesday for cocktails, strolling supper and a chance to meet Elizabeth Smart, the activist and ABC News contributor, who gained widespread attention at age 14 when she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home and was recovered nine months later.” Chuck Bennett – Detroit News

The Walkers were honored to attend a gathering for such an important cause.

For more information on CARE House of Oakland County and their mission to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect visit their website.

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