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Ask the Recruiter: Don’t contact search panel directly—follow recruiter’s lead

Circumventing established hiring process could annoy committee members; all communications should flow through search consultant

Pangburn, Kaul
Executive search consultants Wendy Pangburn, left, and Pamela Kaul

Sept. 8, 2017

Question: What are some good ways to connect with the search committee outside of the interview?

Wendy Pangburn
Managing Director
Pangburn Partners
Associations not only hire a search firm to help them identify potential candidates, they also hire a recruiter to manage the entire process—which includes managing the relationship between the search committee and the candidates. Therefore, the search firm serves as the liaison between the two entities and all communication should go through the recruiter.