A new survey has revealed that motivation is the most important factor for recruiters when they come to considering job candidates.
A candidate’s motivation for taking the role is the most important factor according to 33% of respondents. Their skillset followed on 27%, with past experiences considered the third most important factor on 24%.
There were almost 500 respondents to the survey, which was produced by US firm Futurestep.
“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 Operations Vic Khan.
“For example, one very potent driver is power – the motivation to attain work-related status, visibility, responsibility and influence. Those who work in a competitive environment and have this driver would likely be highly engaged and successful.”
“Conversely, those same people working in a more collaborative culture may struggle.”
The survey also found that recruiters find their best candidates from active job seekers by a ratio of more than two to one; interesting reading for firms that base their recruitment policies on head hunting.
When it comes to sourcing new employees, more than half (52%) of recruiters stated that they turn to their professional network first.
The full results of the survey are:
What’s the most important factor when sourcing candidates?
When sourcing for a job, where do you find your best candidates?
What’s the most important factor in successful candidate care?
What sourcing channel do you turn to first when searching for candidates?