Futurestep Survey: Assessing Motivations and Drivers Critical to Successfully Sourcing Candidates
Survey also Finds Prompt Feedback Most Important Factor in Candidate Care
Of the nearly 500 executives surveyed in
“What executives tell us when they say a candidate’s motivations are
most important is that the person they hire must be a good fit for the
company’s culture,” said Futurestep Managing Director of Global
The survey also found that prompt feedback from those sourcing candidates is the most important factor in successful candidate care, with 40 percent of respondents putting it at the top of the list.
“The right technology tools, such as comprehensive applicant tracking systems, are key to helping recruiters provide timely feedback,” said Khan. “And of course, the proper training that offers best practices and processes is critical to ensuring recruiters are communicating effectively with candidates.”
More than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents say their best candidates are active job seekers, with 32 percent citing passive job seekers.
“Executives may be missing the opportunity to find highly qualified candidates if they don’t pay attention to passive job seekers,” said Khan. “One approach we recommend is to create a strong employer brand that is communicated consistently across a number of mediums including online talent communities and social media channels. Even those not looking for a job might become interested in a company if they see it as a dynamic, interesting place to work.”
Finally, the survey found that more than half (52 percent) of respondents turn to their own professional network first when sourcing candidates. The fewest number of respondents (6 percent) say they rely on internal referrals.
“Having a solid professional network has been and will always be critical for those sourcing candidates,” said Khan. “However, we also recommend that organizations create an internal mobility program to tap into the goldmine of key talent that already exists within the company.”
What’s most important when sourcing candidates?
|Past experiences||24 percent|
|Skill set||27 percent|
|Motivations and drivers||33 percent|
|Hard-wired traits such as assertiveness & confidence||16 percent|
|College attended & degree(s) attained||0 percent|
When sourcing for a job, where do you find your best candidates?
|Active job seekers||68 percent|
|Passive job seekers||32 percent|
What’s the most important factor in successful candidate care?
|Prompt feedback||40 percent|
|Real-time updates||6 percent|
|Recruiter’s superior interpersonal skills||19 percent|
What sourcing channel do you turn to first when searching for candidates?
|Job postings||14 percent|
|Your professional network||52 percent|
|Internal referrals||6 percent|
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