When there is a vacancy within your dental office, it is so very important to hire correctly at the first time of asking. This is of course easier said than done. We all know that the dental jobs recruitment procedures can be expensive not only in terms of money, but also in terms of time. If you had to do the process for a second time, when it turns out the employee hired isn’t what you thought they were going to be, it could be a real drain on the practice’s resources. So, what are the techniques and tips for hiring for the right fit at the first time of asking?
Completing Background and Reference Checks for Each Person
If you come across a candidate during the recruitment process that you feel ticks all the necessary boxes for filling the position, it can be easy to just bypass some of the steps in the recruitment process in order to get the person started in a timely manner. This is the last thing you should be doing! Sticking to procedure ensures that you are sticking to the mantra of “hiring for the right fit at the first time of asking”, so this includes completing full background and reference checks for everyone.
Dental Office Fit
What does this mean exactly? Well, the term “dental office fit” basically means how close the prospective candidate is able to fit in to the office under the existing ways of working. It can sometimes be very easy to look at the candidate on paper and think “yeah, they are going to wonders for the patients”, and you don’t look at how the prospective employee will integrate with the other employees working in the office. Hiring an individual who is a poor fit with the existing team could create trouble and ultimately reduce team morale, which will impact greatly on the success of the office as a whole.
Sticking to the Dental Office Culture
As a reminder, the dental office culture is a term that basically outlines the day to day behaviors, norms and values that is expressed in the workplace. Sometimes, the culture can be conducive to an excellent working environment, and other times it can be the complete opposite! In order to work towards a good dental office culture or maintain an existing culture, it is essential that the new employees can share the values of your dental office, which will mean they are more likely to contribute to the success of the office in the long run. You can gauge the prospective employee’s values and behaviors by creating some questions in the interview which will show how close their views are to the views of the office. These sort of interview questions are good at finding out whether the candidate is using this position as a stepping stone for a future higher position elsewhere.
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