headhunt


headhunt
headhunt head‧hunt [ˈhedhʌnt] verb [transitive] HUMAN RESOURCES
to find a manager with the right skills and experience to do a particular job, often by persuading a suitable person to leave their present job:

• Mr Birt was headhunted to be director of the BBC.

— headhunter noun [countable] :

• They hired a headhunter to search out a replacement.

— headhunting noun [uncountable] :

• Most headhunting firms offer a professional and high-quality service.

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headhunt UK US /ˈhedhʌnt/ verb [T, usually passive]
HR to find someone who has the qualifications for an important job and is willing to leave their present job: be headhunted for sth »

He was headhunted for the chief executive's job by a firm of outside consultants.

headhunting noun [U]
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The board of directors has hired a headhunting firm to find a replacement for their chief executive.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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