We frequently add additional researchers to assignments, tasked solely with improving the gender balance by looking for the gaps in the candidate research and by thinking more laterally about transferable skills.
The results are tangible, and the client can see the candidate mix of the research improve. In a recent assignment for Experian, in a heavily male dominated discipline, the research went from 9% to over 20% female in just three weeks.
Such is the demand from all companies to improve the balance of senior technology leadership teams, that any prospective messaging and approach to a diverse technology leader needs to stand out from the rest.
Candidates with a deep technical background combined with strong communication, leadership and stakeholder engagement skills are highly prized and in short supply. Engagement with any prospective candidate is key – from an accurate and compelling first point of communication to an ongoing daily interaction striking the right balance between tenacity and humility.
Candela is a Partner led business, meaning the Partners are involved in initial calls to candidates and directly managing all parts of the recruitment process. The fact that we do not delegate these key tasks to junior staff members increases our effectiveness with highly prized and sought-after candidates.