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President Jill Christie commented on the impact of the #MeToo movement on executive search and candidate recruitment in Ask the Recruiter in a recent issue of CEO Update:  

How has the #MeToo movement affected searches?

“Objectivity in executive search always has been important, but in the wake of the #MeToo movement, we are being even more diligent in carefully assessing the search process and the workplace in general.

“As search consultants, we owe it to our candidates—and ourselves—to pay close attention to the culture of the hiring organization. We encourage candidates to be attuned to the organization’s environment and to ask questions, and they are doing just that.

“Candidates pay attention to the way board members interact with each other, how they treat staff and how staff members interact.

“While this kind of scrutiny isn’t new, candidates do appear to be more empowered in the search process. They certainly are aware of the #MeToo movement and also know it’s a strong job market. As a result, they are not afraid to set high expectations. Their goal, which we certainly support, is to work in an organization that promotes a culture of respect, protects all employees and fosters a safe and productive work environment.”

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