More Crazy Recruiting Stories From Preferred Member Steve Kohn

Everybody gather around the fire.  Uncle Steve is about to tell us some more stories of horror from the recruiting trenches.

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite like that, but Halloween is just around the corner, after all, and what better time to share recruiter horror stories than during the Halloween season.  More than one recruiter has been tricked out of a placement treat by a candidate, hiring authority, or both, and sharing such stories is very much cathartic.

Not to mention the fact that you might win the “Craziest Recruiting Story of 2011” award.  Not that it’s an actual award.  You see, it’s more about bragging rights and—never mind.  I’m ranting.  You came here for more tales of the crazy, and Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search just happens to have a couple of them . . .

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Steve Kohn“I had a client in the video distribution business (supplier to Blockbuster in the early days) who was seeking a Chief Financial Officer, and miraculously a video distribution CFO saw my ad and answered.  I asked him why he was available, and he explained this story to me.

He was CFO of an X-rated movie company, which was not obvious from his resume.  To quote him as exactly as I can recall, ‘The owner was banging some of the actresses, and his wife caught him.  She blew his brains out in his office and was charged with murder.  Her defense is draining the cash out of the company, and we’re in bankruptcy because of it.’

“I also had a candidate this past year who was being considered for a $150K job with one of Craig Chrest‘s clients.  A Google search revealed that the guy was being charged with his ex-wife’s recent murder.  That was the end of that one!”

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Remember, there are three ways you can submit your “Craziest Recruiting Story”:

  1. You can email your story to
  2. You can post the story by including it in the comments section at the end of this blog.
  3. You can give me a call and relay your story to me.

The deadline for submitting your “Craziest Recruiting Story of 2011” is midnight on Saturday, December 31.  We’ll announce the winner during the first part of January in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog and also on “Top Echelon TV.”

Send us your stories.  The more (crazy), the merrier.

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