You’re a financial services executive with many years industry experience and were recently invited to apply for a position on the board of a large Australian construction company. There are others that have been invited to go through the board recruitment process but you’re hopeful you’ll be successful given your qualifications and experience. You’re excited about this next step in your career.
You discover you were in the same University dorm as one of the executives at the company, although you weren’t close friends.
On the morning of your scheduled interview, a media story breaks, alleging the executive you knew in university was recently involved in a serious case of sexual harassment and bullying at the construction company.
Even though you are concerned about a perceived conflict of interest, you feel confident there is not an actual one and don’t think it needs discussion in the recruitment process.
What would you do?
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