Blind date.

Blind date.

Posted 2/10/2020


We are about to embark on a confidential replacement search for our CTO [Chief Technical Officer]. I’m very concerned about confidentiality and would like to have a search firm not disclose our company’s name before our initial phone meetings with candidates. We would like to let the candidate know during the phone meeting who we are. Do you see any problems with this strategy?

-Chief Executive Officer, , wireless controls

Paul: I think that’s really up to you. Many of our searches are confidential replacements, but usually we are able to disclose to candidates the name of the company while we’re confirming them for their initial phone meetings. You will find that some candidates may balk on moving forward if they don’t know the name of your company before going ahead to interview. Likewise, many lighting professionals like to prepare and conduct research before a phone meeting and may not feel comfortable in moving forward to an actual interview if they don’t know the company beforehand.

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