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Tell Tale Expert Series: Suzanne M. King Shares Her Expertise (Part 2)

Posted on November 8, 2009
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Six Degrees: What is the source of your “LOWEST COST OF HIRES” – (least amount of invested resources for the easiest hires, regardless of quality) at your present employer?

Suzanne: Thankfully, I’ve got a strong network of very able and accomplished professionals and a phone call is fairly inexpensive.

Six Degrees: What talent niche groups do you target and are these particular talent areas specialized under your review?

Suzanne: The senior level IT executive, very capable project management and delivery executives as well as the multi-million consultative sales professional are favorites. Also, I’ve had a good deal of success in the cleared material and public sector spaces. For med-tech, I seek device professionals at mid-manager levels and above.

Six Degrees: Worst mistake, biggest goof, lousiest practice you thought would fly but didn’t – and how that was a learning experience?

Suzanne: Since I’m used to working with C-level executives and minding their tightly arranged time schedules, I can be very concise and quick to prioritize a problem and how to handle it. Sometimes, a person who is not yet at a C-level or new to their decision-making function, needs more time to marinate in the available options before making a call. In this case, that person would view me as being too direct and I would need to be more watchful of them for readiness to accept my input.

Six Degrees: “Best practice” you are most proud of developing (now or in the past) in your recruiting career?

Suzanne: I created a tracking method for individual and team search work that is currently used by a lot of recruiters nationwide.

Six Degrees: What are some of the frustrating aspects/obstacles to your day to day as a staffing professional and in general?

Suzanne Just as I’m entering a candidate’s information into the database, the system decides to take a break. I wish I could get a reminder tone that gives me a 2-minute warning before shutdown.

Six Degrees: What are the most common themes of strategic and/or tactical mishaps involving past or present HR/Staffing org?

Suzanne: It’s always been disappointing to watch someone try to struggle in a position when they are clearly beyond their Peter Principle. I’ve had to take over work in the past from others who were out of their element. The client was unhappy and it was extra work to overcome what could have been resolved upfront by getting the right person for the job at the get-go.

Six Degrees: Considering all of the frustrations you have experienced in your career as a recruiter, — what inspires you as you continue in your career?
Suzanne: I enjoy working with good people and growing teams.

Six Degrees: Anything you want to plug?

Suzanne: With four decades of experience, our organization operates in two divisions: retained executive search and executive coaching.

“Through the power of people.” King Executive Search provides premium customer service to the corporate client seeking the perfect candidate. We deliver results. For more information about our retained executive search practice, please visit:

“Knowing the right next step.” King Executive Consulting helps candidates prepare to make the best career moves. For more information about our executive coaching practice, please visit

Six Degrees: How Are You Going To Change The Recruitment Industry?

Suzanne: By continuing to bring a strategic management consulting approach to recruiting and candidate development.


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