5 Facts about Passive Candidates Recruiter Need to Know


Passive candidates are not supposed to be better than active candidates, but they often make the best hires. 

Research shows that passive candidates make up about 75% of the talent market. When it comes to recruit these talent, recruiter must better prepare some kinds of strategies or their candidate pool is going to be pretty small.

In this article, we have covered 5 important facts about passive candidate that most recruiters should know.

Fact 1: Passive candidates are not actively looking for jobs

Unlike traditional candidates, passive candidates do not actively searching for job while they have qualified skills and experience for the position. Instead, they will gently ask their network or connect with headhunters about opportunities.

Fact 2: You need to convince a passive candidate to work for your business

According to Linkedin’s hiring statistics, 70% of their users are passive candidates who are content or at least fairly content in their current role. This is one of the reasons why you need to have some recruitment strategies more than just a job post to attract these talent.
As there could be many of your competitors who are trying to persuade your candidates to work for them and persuasive factors are different from person to person, recruiting passive candidates is more of an art form than a science.  

Fact 3: If you have a compelling opportunity, they will be open to a conversation

As mentioned above, the majority of the workforce is not actively looking for new jobs; however, they are often willing to discuss a new opportunity. Since It might be confused to distinguish between passive and active candidate, recruiters should be careful when approaching candidate for opportunity.

Fact 4: They may not have a resume already

For passive candidates, you should keep in mind that they mostly don’t have a resume ready. Recruiters should definitely give them some time to prepare or offer alternative way to submit their applications. Rushing into the submitting process might lose your candidates to a competitor.

Fact 5: You need to build relationship with passive candidates

In your initial conversation with passive candidates, you should better let them know you wish to hear back from them even when they are not interested. The more you communicate and network with your new lead, the more likely it is that they will remember about you when they want a change. From a recruiter’s perspective, It’s important to develop strong relationships with potential candidates to build their interest in your brand.

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