What Is a Candidate Pool?

A candidate pool is the total number of applicants who were screened and deemed qualified and capable to perform the essential job duties of an open position.

Candidate Pool vs. Applicant Pool vs. Talent Pool

A talent pool is the total of all potential employees that could fill an open position. When someone in the talent pool fills out an application for the open position, they move into the applicant pool. After reviewing and screening the applicant, they move into the candidate pool.

Why Are Candidate Pools Important?

Candidate pools are essential for the success of companies and their ability to maintain well-staffed departments to deliver goods and services.

  • Qualified candidates fill job openings. Every company will have turnover as employees retire, voluntarily quit, or are involuntarily terminated for lack of performance. As positions open, companies need to fill those spots to maintain business operations.
  • Having a pool of candidates makes hiring quicker. If a company is able to maintain a pool of candidates, they can quickly fill open positions. The ability to quickly hire will decrease the “cost to hire” liability for each hiring need. Often smaller companies will have their HR departments be recruiters. If HR departments spend a lot of time recruiting, then other duties may slow down and affect operations.
  • Becoming a choice employer brings better talent. As companies operate daily, they should aim to become an employer of choice. Instead of acting from a point of desperation and filling open positions with anyone that applies, companies should aim to make open positions more competitive. As a company becomes popular to work for, the company can attract more talented employees.

How Do You Build a Candidate Pool?

Candidate pools are not built by accident. Rather, building a candidate pool requires a great deal of time and attention. If you’re wondering how to get started building your own, follow these steps:

Step 1: Develop Your Talent Pool

Companies must first develop a talent pool. This is a group of potential employees that may or may not be aware of the company’s open positions. This is done by using ATS (applicant tracking systems) with recruiting abilities, creating your own list of potential applicants you find, or seeking referrals from current employees.

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Step 2: Get Potential Applicants to Apply to Open Jobs

You must get potential employees to apply for your open jobs. This can occur by sending your application to everyone you are interested in or posting your application to a job board such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Facebook Jobs, Department of Workforce Services, etc.

Step 3: Review Resumes

When potential employees apply, review their resume and determine the potential to perform the job duties. As a company, you should create a job description and job duties for all jobs. This will allow you to evaluate applicants’ ability to succeed in your company.

Step 4: Begin Interviewing Applicants

Move potential employees from your applicant pool to your candidate pool and begin the interview process.

Ways To Grow Your Candidate Pool

If a company can increase the total number of qualified candidates in their candidate pool, they will benefit from more efficient hiring and company operations.

Increase the Number of Applicants

Think of creative ways to have more people apply for your job openings. This can include a referral program that rewards current employees for assisting in recruiting. Add your job to as many online or print job boards that your budget allows. Source potential employees by actively reaching out to passive and active job seekers.

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Build a Choice Employer Brand

If a company can create a workplace that current employees rave about, more people may want to work for you. This comes from a culture that employees want to work within, competitive wages and benefits, including flexible work schedules, medical/dental/vision plans, and work-life balance.

Constantly Reevaluate Your Job Standards

There is a fine line between being overly disciplined and not disciplined enough on candidate standards. The needs of job positions may change often, so a company should evaluate if they are disqualifying the proper amount of applicants to the candidate pool.

Build Up Your Candidate Pool With Eddy

Eddy Hire is designed to help companies build their candidate pool. Using Eddy Hire, you can post for free to top job boards like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Talent.com. If your company doesn’t have a careers page, Eddy makes it easy to create one and add it to your site—no coding required. Eddy also lets employees share job posts on social media (or with friends and family) with just one click. With new candidates streaming in from job boards, your company site, and employee referrals, your candidate pool is sure to fill up quickly.

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