How to Recruit Passive Candidates and Why You Should

The definition of a passive candidate is a person who is not currently seeking employment or at least is not actively pursuing any new opportunities. It may seem counterintuitive to target this demographic of the workforce, but there are some distinct advantages to hiring from this group. Often, the best people are already filling a position with someone, and this means the potential for new hires has a lower ceiling than if your recruiting solutions were to draw from all skilled persons instead of just those looking. Here are four benefits of recruiting passive candidates.

  • Largest segment of the labor force: Passive candidates make up the majority of the workforce by a factor of at least 2-to-1, and the gap in this ratio has continued to widen in recent years.
  • No competition: They likely will not be interviewed by another interested party since they are not actively…



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