When you have an open position to fill, it can be hard to attract the right candidates. Some recruiters and hiring managers like to hire passive candidates.
But it can leave you wondering if you were better off looking for job seekers who were proactive and go-getters. There’s a big difference between passive job seekers and active job seekers.
Here’s why you need to search for active job candidates.
They Aren’t Resistant to Change
Active job seekers – temps, interns, contractors, anyone – are individuals who are willing to make a change, and who actively seek it.
They understand the road ahead of them. Changing companies, job roles, and even their residences are challenging and stressful situations.
Many job seekers can be resistant to change and are unprepared for it. They don’t want to deal with it. Active job seekers do not have this issue. They won’t resist change and welcome it so they can come aboard your organization.
They’re ready and prepared for it.
They’re Decision Makers
No one wants an indecisive job candidate or employee. Indecisiveness isn’t a sign of strong leadership or confidence.
Active candidates have strong career goals and know what steps to take to get where they want to be. You can count on them to make decisions, and they’re confident in their work.
You don’t want an employee who second guesses whether that project was their best work, or how they should resolve a problem.
Plus, indecisive employees will put you on edge, and add more stress to your job and their colleagues.
Related: 6 Job Candidate Red Flags
Passion Drives Them
Studies have shown passionate employees are more productive, engaged, and loyal to their employers. They are also good at what they do.
You want passionate staff members who enjoy their work, who are productive, and who care about the work they do for your company.
According to the Polling Company, lack of passion is the number one reason why passive candidates fail at their new job roles; active and passionate candidates do not.
Plus, active and passionate candidates apply to your company for a reason. They’re interested in the job position, they connect with your business’s values and mission, and know what they want in their careers.
Don’t scare away passionate and proactive candidates. They’re exactly the type of team members your company needs to succeed and get ahead of your competition.
Success is On Their Side
Because active candidates are passionate about what they do and have clear goals, they are good at what they do. Passion and skill drive them.
They can be invaluable members of your team who work hard to succeed on every project. Active workers do not let setbacks get in the way, and have backup plans when things go awry.
You can count on them to do what they say, and you won’t second guess how well they will perform or complete a project.
Active candidates usually ask for more pay, but it’s an investment well worth it. They want to succeed as much as they want your organization to succeed.
What are the pros and cons of hiring active and passionate job candidates?