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Passive Candidates Might Be Your Best Option

October 14th, 2015

Let’s start with a definition – A passive candidate is simply someone who is not actively looking for a job. They may be employed elsewhere, semi-retired or simply not actively looking for work. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be lured back into the job market or away from their current employer. And in certain circumstances this might be exactly the kind of talent you want to be recruiting. Here’s why:

Access the Top Talent

You may be struggling to find qualified talent and trying to patch over holes in your workforce with little success. Rather than carrying out an endless recruiting effort, why not go straight after the candidates you know have the skills you need and the character you want? Sure, you might have to put a little more into the recruiting effort, but you also made a major upgrade to your workforce in a lot shorter period of time.

Gain a Recruiting Advantage

Since passive candidates are not actively looking for work, they are not actively being pursued by recruiters. That puts you at a significant advantage when you find a truly impressive professional you want to work with. You can get their undivided attention and make an offer without worrying about getting in to a bidding war. Compare that with the feeding frenzy that often results when top talent makes the decision to go back on the job hunt.

Get an Accurate Picture

When you go through an open recruiting process, everyone you meet with comes to you carefully prepared and varnished. You get to see their best side, but not necessarily their complete or even honest side. That makes it hard to make hiring decisions with absolute certainty. Passive candidates are just the opposite. They don’t have to tell you exactly what you want to hear or hide their warts because they already have a job to fall back on. When you find someone that can fill a role at your company, you can invite them in with total confidence.

So how do you recruit for these passive candidates? There are a lot of ways, but in almost every case it involves a lot of leg work and a lot of wining and dining. Or you can choose to work with a specialized staffing agency that already has bridges to these candidates built. If you prefer to work with a staffing agency that can help recruit passive job candidates, contact the Concorde Group today!

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