How to Work With Passive Candidates

With the unemployment rate at the lowest it has been in 30 years, there are more open positions than there are available candidates, and many companies are struggling to find qualified applicants. In this tight job market, it’s more important than ever to understand the differences between active and passive candidates, and adjust your hiring process accordingly.

Active Candidates are unemployed or are unhappy in their current role. They are uploading their resumes to sites such as Indeed and ZipRecruiter, directly applying for open jobs online, and spamming their resume to many companies. Active Candidates may not always be the best fit for your company and culture - Rather than just wading through a pile of resumes, seek out and try to attract Passive Candidates.

Passive Candidates are highly qualified and happy in their current role, but are open to hearing about new opportunities at organizations that are aligned with their goals and passions or provide unique benefits, such as career growth, excellent culture, or increased flexibility. They are less likely to submit an application directly, which makes Passive Candidates more difficult for your company to connect with, and that’s where StaffBuffalo comes in.

At StaffBuffalo, we want to make sure that your company is getting the best candidates during this tight candidate market!  We have a database and deep networks of high-quality, passive candidates that we will reach out to on your behalf.  How do we do it?  The StaffBuffalo Recruiters have established relationships with thousands of candidates to identify what they are looking for in their next career move and can “match” the candidates with what you are looking for.  We will work with you to navigate the Interview and Hiring Process to make sure that you get the best candidates to join your team!

Honing your hiring process to attract Passive Candidates

  • Speed:  Candidates are having multiple interview opportunities and are getting offers quickly.  If you drag your feet throughout the interview process, you risk losing your top choice!

  • Be prepared to make an Offer:  You found the perfect person for your organization – make them an offer!  Do not wait or they may be scooped up by another company!

  • Culture: Showcase your company’s culture and employee benefits to attract quality candidates to your organization – it is not all about the salary!

  • Flexibility:  To get the right person for your team and company, be flexible on what job requirements are an absolute MUST, and which ones are flexible.  Remember that you can train someone on how to complete the job, but you cannot train personality or cultural fit.

As the job market continues to shift, your hiring and interview processes should as well! If you are interested in learning more about how StaffBuffalo can help you find great candidates to fill your tough jobs, check out our Employer Page!