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Definition: A passive candidate is a qualified candidate for employment who isn't necessarily looking for work, but who may be interested if the right job comes along. Employers often actively seek passive candidates for employment, especially when they are seeking candidates with very specific skills and experience.

When employers proactively recruit candidates, it's called candidate sourcing and companies may look for candidates on LinkedIn, on social networking sites, and on other online sites, as well as working with recruiters to find qualified applicants.

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