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Most Placeable Candidates: A Recruiter’s Ultimate Tool

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Finding great candidates is at the core of recruiting. While that’s always the goal, sometimes you might find certain prospects that hit all the marks on your checklist and more. They’re known as Most Placeable Candidates. Learn the key traits these exceptional performers possess so that you can identify them in your talent pool and ultimately elevate your recruitment game.

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As recruiters, you all know the thrill of matching the ideal candidate to the perfect role. It’s the heart of what you do, tirelessly sifting through resumes and conducting countless interviews. But what if we told you there’s another side to filling job orders requested by clients? And what if we also told you it could attract new clients and re-engage existing ones? Enter the Most Placeable Candidate (MPC) – the ultimate ace up your sleeve.

We know this industry term isn’t new to you. But, we do know most recruiters aren’t tapping into their potential to drive business growth. So, are you or your firm actively working with MPCs? If not, we’ve laid out the blueprints to help you get started in a multi-part series.


First things first, what exactly is an MPC?

An MPC is not just any qualified candidate; they are exceptional performers who possess a unique blend of qualifications, skills, experience, and personal traits that make them irresistible to employers. These are candidates recruiters are willing to represent because they firmly believe they can secure them a spot in a company. MPCs embody the potential to excel and make an immediate, positive impact.


But how do you identify an MPC?

Here are the key traits to look for:

  • In-demand Skills:
    MPCs have a skill set that is highly sought after in their industry or the job market as a whole. They possess a level of mastery and command over these skills that sets them apart.
  • Track Record of Success:
    Their resumes boast an impressive track record of achievements and accomplishments in previous roles or studies. Seek candidates who have consistently delivered exceptional results, surpassed targets, and made significant contributions to their teams and organizations.
  • Leadership Potential:
    MPCs are driven by growth and possess outstanding leadership qualities. They excel in communication, display high emotional intelligence, and inspire and guide others. Look for candidates who radiate genuine passion for their roles and are self-motivated.
  • Market Ready:
    An MPC is someone who understands their desires, is crystal clear about their goals, and is open to exploring diverse opportunities. They are ready to ace interviews and undergo reference checks.
  • Committed to the Process:
    Patience and dedication are crucial when searching for the perfect role for an MPC. Seek candidates who are fully committed and won’t be distributing their CVs to other recruiters or firms.

Now that you have a glimpse into the world of MPCs, it’s time to empower your recruitment game and make sure you’re not letting top players slip through the crack. Stay tuned for part two, where we’ll delve deeper into the strategies for working with MPCs and how to maximize their potential.

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