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9/10 Recruiters Prefer to Hire Active Candidates—Here’s Why


Some recruiters spend a lot of time pursuing hard-to-get candidates—those who are pretty satisfied in their current jobs but could be enticed by another opportunity. You may succeed in recruiting some of these passive candidates away from their current companies, but once they’ve joined your organization, you’re left to wonder: are their hearts really in it?

Sometimes the best fit has been there all along, waiting for you to give him or her a chance. These are the active candidates who know their own goals and passions enough to take charge of their careers and seek out the companies and roles that excite them. And the best part? There are a lot of active candidates out there: In a study Indeed conducted with Harris Poll, 71% of people in the labor force said they’re actively looking for or open to a new job.

These motivated professionals might be just what your talent attraction strategy is missing. They’re also the type of candidates 9 out of 10 talent professionals say they would prefer to hire for the following reasons…