3 Research-based Reasons to Recruit Passive Candidates

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As a part of our passive candidates series, here are three solid reasons to recruit passive candidates:

  1. Passive Candidates are Open to Talking with You
  2. It’s One of the Most Essential and Long-lasting Recruiting Trends
  3. It’s Par for the Course

1. Passive Candidates are Open to Talking with You

Of the 18,000 fully-employed workers from around the globe surveyed by LinkedIn, 60 percent of passive candidates (45 percent of total employees surveyed) are open to talking to a recruiter. Of the other employees who are not open to talking to a recruiter (30 percent of the total employees surveyed) only 20 percent of passive candidates claimed to be completely satisfied with their current job and not open to moving to a new position. The other 20 percent were talking within their personal network.

Conclusion?

You can approach passive candidates with confidence, because only 20 percent of passive candidates worldwide (15 percent of candidates in general) are so satisfied with their current role that they don't want to consider another job. That means 80 percent of candidates statistically will be open to talking to you if it’s the right job for them.

2. It’s One of the Most Essential and Long-lasting Recruiting Trends

According to over 4,000 talent recruiting decision makers in 31 countries, recruiting passive candidates is one of the top three most essential and long-lasting trends for finding top talent.

The other two essential and lasting trends are 

3. It’s Par for the Course

Recruiting passive candidates is one of the top three most common ways to compete with other companies for top talent. Of more than 1,800 recruiting and human resources professionals surveyed from various industries, 46 percent say they recruit passive candidates to compete for top talent against other employers.

Closing statement 

You might be behind the curve like so many others—a third of companies are not recruiting passive candidates. 

A 2015 study shows that while 75 percent of global candidates are passive, only 61 percent of companies are actively recruiting passive candidates. So if you haven’t started recruiting passively, it’s time to get on board.

Bandwagon junkie? Maybe, but the three reasons above provide a substantive argument for joining the crowd. Sometimes it’s good to follow the jump on the bandwagon, especially if there’s good reason to join.

What other reasons have you found for recruiting passive candidates? Drop us a line.