Why Are Happy Candidates Usually the Best Ones?

Why do we go after candidates that are already happy at their current jobs? We like to challenge them to be even happier.

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Today I want to discuss happy candidates. What do I mean by this?

Let’s say that you’re a potential candidate and I call you regarding a position that my group is working on. You respond by saying, “Thanks, but I’m happy where I’m at”, to which I reply, “Great, I prefer dealing with happy people. But seriously, tell me a little bit about your current job and why you’re happy with it.”

I like to challenge happy candidates by asking about the things that would make them even happier in a new role. Think about it. When you’re successful, isn’t that the best time to be open to new opportunities? If you choose to make a move while you’re on top, you’re making the changes for all the right reasons. When you’re doing well, you have choices. There’s power in those choices.

If you wait until you’re miserable in a position or somebody makes the choice for you, you might end up saying yes to the first thing that comes your way. That might not be the best idea. You should keep an open mind about opportunities that come your way even if you are happy in your current role.

“The best time to be open to new opportunities is when you’re successful.”

If you’re part of a company that’s looking to fill a role, be sure that you’re partnering with a recruiter who is in tune with the market and truly seeks out he happy candidates. You don’t want a firm who only brings you the candidates that reply to a posting first. Make sure your recruiter has all the info needed to show candidates how your company would make them happier.

If you have any questions for me about this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.