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Job interview Recruiters who focus on placing members of underrepresented groups say the demand for their services surged. (Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.com)

A viral tweet last week spurred a conversation about how headhunters can meaningfully recruit a diverse pipeline of candidates to foster an equitable workplace—not just to bolster their demographics.

The April 26 tweet, which got more than 93,000 likes and more than 8,000 retweets, showed a screenshot of a June 2019 email from an area recruiter, which was intended for an internal colleague, about an associate-level lawyer who they might try to place at a firm. But the email was accidentally sent to the associate herself.

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