The Benefits of Recruiting Passive Candidates

Recruitment and hiring is a challenging, time-consuming process. The most important goal is to find the right candidate for the job, particularly for your critical positions. When you hire the right candidate, you not only save a tremendous amount of time and effort by not going through the recruitment process again—you also improve your entire organization.


But how can you be sure you’re hiring the right people, the first time? While there are no guarantees, the strategy of recruiting passive candidates is a great way to hire high-caliber people and match the right candidates to your positions.

What is a passive candidate?

Active candidates are people who are sending out resumes, networking with recruiters, and scheduling interviews. Conversely, passive candidates are people who are currently employed and not actively seeking a new job. People who are looking for a particular job with a narrow range of acceptable salary and geographic location can also be considered passive candidates, as they’re not likely to accept just any offer.

In general, passive candidates are not highly motivated to find a new job, and they’re often attached to a higher price tag than hungry, active candidates. These may seem like major disadvantages—but making the effort to attract passive candidates can bring you plenty of advantages.

The benefits of passive candidates

Why is it worth it to recruit candidates who aren’t really looking for a new job? Here are just a few good reasons:

They’re desirable. Passive candidates are typically already employed in a good job, and their current employers usually want to keep them. They are confident and hard-working, and they require little training—they’ll already have the skills and experience you’re looking for.

They’re honest. The nature of a passive candidate is security. They don’t absolutely have to find another job, so there is no motivation to hide flaws, inflate skills and qualifications, or understate their expectations from your company. You’ll know exactly what they’ll bring to the table, and what they’ll expect in return.

How to recruit passive candidates

According to statistics from Undercover Recruiter and Jobvite, up to 79% of working professionals can be considered passive candidates—and at least 61% of them are open to the idea of a new employer, with some even hopeful that a new offer will be extended.

How can you reach this potent market? You can work with an experienced recruitment firm to send you pre-screened passive candidates. PsychPros makes your passive candidate search easy—we make initial contact with ideal talent and maintain ongoing communications, until they’re ready to discuss potential employment with you. Contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at to find out more about how we can help you fill your talent needs.

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