Arecession can have its bright spots. Given the layoffs, closures, pay freezes and deferred bonuses, now is a good time to attract high performers who may be unhappy in their current positions or suddenly find themselves in the unemployment line because of cutbacks, says Brad Smart, a management psychologist, consultant and author of “Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win at Hiring.” Smart, president of Wadsworth, Ill.-based Smart & Associates Inc., which advises Fortune 500 companies on ...

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