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head hunter

A colloquial and, often, derogatory term for a recruiter who seeks out prospective employees who are qualified to fill open positions at an organization. The term head hunter typically refers to an outside contractor who is hired by a variety of companies and is usually paid only on successfully finding a candidate who is acceptable to the hiring organization and who accepts the job offer. The head hunter's fee is often, but not necessarily, set as a percentage of the hired employee's salary so the head hunter gets more to find senior executives than junior employees.

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