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Mistakes that sabotage CEO prospects

Executive recruiters say lack of research, transparency stop candidates from succeeding

What went wrong?

Feb. 17, 2017
By Walt Williams

What went wrong? It’s a question most jobseekers have asked after being turned down for a position, with the answer seemingly becoming more elusive the farther up the executive ladder a person climbs. There is usually no single explanation for rejection, but at least one executive recruiter has a suggestion for candidates: Don’t come across as too eager.

“The candidate really wants the job, and so they get people to call me up and tell me (he or she) is a great candidate for it,” said recruiter Paul Belford of JDG Associates. “That’s a mistake.”