Celebrating respect: Crissy Quenichet provides the ‘secret sauce’ of executive recruiting

December 16, 2021

Editor’s note: Members of the IU School of Medicine community strive to uphold and elevate the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation. This article is the second in a series of stories featuring IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students who exemplify these values.

Crissy Quenichet once thought she’d be a chef. To family and friends, she’s known for her amazing eggplant parmesan recipe. To colleagues at Indiana University School of Medicine, Quenichet is known for a different kind of recipe—the “secret sauce” of executive recruiting.

As an executive recruiting specialist, Quenichet is one of the first people candidates interact with and one of the last people they see when visiting the medical school for interviews.

“My recruitment experience, both remote and in-person, was completely smooth because of Crissy’s reliability, organizational skills and adaptability, which were exemplary,” said David Adams, MD, who came to IU School of Medicine from New York City’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in January 2021 to lead the Department of Anesthesia.

Before Adams’ on-campus visit, Quenichet served as his guide through the virtual interview process.

“Crissy somehow managed to make what could have been distant and impersonal feel exceptionally warm, welcoming and personal,” he said.

That warm welcome continues when candidates come to campus for in-person interviews. Quenichet meticulously prepares every detail of the schedule and ensures everything runs smoothly from the moment she picks visiting executives up from their hotel. She also arranges meetings with local realtors and helps candidates discover area amenities tailored to their interests.

“Crissy brings a niche skill in candidate experience management. She recognizes our candidates’ priorities, respects their preferences and manages differing scheduling priorities in such a masterful way that arouses respect among peers and leaders,” said Senem Guler, MSHRM, assistant director of faculty recruiting at IU School of Medicine.

Kelvin Lee, MD, who joined IU School of Medicine in February 2021 as associate dean for cancer research and director of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, flew in from Buffalo, New York, for his onsite interviews and brought his daughter, Kristen, along so she could visit a local college campus. When Quenichet discovered Kristen’s love of Jimmy John’s, a restaurant that isn’t in Buffalo, Quenichet offered to take her there for lunch while her dad was interviewing—a personal touch Lee greatly appreciated.

“I would honestly say that Crissy, as an ambassador for IU School of Medicine, was a very important reason why I decided to come to IU,” Lee said.

Recruiting great leaders is critical to advancing the school’s vision of transforming health care through quality, innovation and education, said Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. It is important candidates’ initial experiences with IU School of Medicine staff represent the school’s core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation.

“I’m proud of how we’ve recruited great leaders from some of the top institutions in the country,” Hess said. “Crissy has played a huge part in our success—making the interview process run smoothly and living out our core values in all of her interactions with candidates. She is truly an unsung hero working behind the scenes at IU School of Medicine.”

Read more in this Spirit of Medicine blog post about how Quenichet found her home and career in Indianapolis.