Passive Candidates – Are They Better?

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One of the greatest myths in recruiting is that passive candidates make the best hires.

This fiction has been around so long, no one can say where it came from or if there’s even any evidence to support it. Yet, it’s so widely believed that there are thousands of articles with tips on how to approach passive candidates and why they’re so much better.

Before we get into what’s wrong with this notion, we need to define what a passive candidate is. A “passive candidate” is someone currently employed who is not job hunting.

That simple definition encompasses 70% to

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