If you’re struggling to fill allied healthcare positions in your industry, it may be time to reevaluate your hiring strategy. How you attract candidates and interview them can make a substantial impact on your recruitment outcomes—and directly affect the quality of employees you bring on your team. In fact, this recent article on LinkedIn highlights the fact that the hiring processes within most organizations need to change as allied healthcare candidate pools continue to evolve. If you’re having trouble retaining your most recent workers, it’s probably time to take a step back and review your current hiring practices.
Take note of these tips for hiring the most qualified allied healthcare candidates:
Revamp your job descriptions.
Chances are you’ve been recycling the same job descriptions for many years, even as positions within your company change and evolve. You’ll want to revisit your job descriptions and make sure they clearly reflect both the job duties and growth opportunities within your company. Descriptions should include all the skills, responsibilities, and qualifications required for each position as well as key contact information and application directions. The best way to improve your job descriptions is to get input from the respective managers overseeing each job as well as other staff who will interact with the individuals hired to fill the positions.
Improve your interview process.
To make necessary improvements, you’ll need to first reflect on your current interview process. As stated in this Forbes article, it’s important to clearly define the job and position requirements so the allied healthcare candidate understands the tools and skills needed to be successful. Doing so can help the interview go more smoothly for you and the candidate. So make sure the interview questions cover all job criteria and allow allied healthcare candidates to provide as much information as possible about their experience and expertise. In-person interviews are an investment of time and money so make sure you acquire all the information you need to make well-informed hiring decisions.
Use online networking tools.
Known as the number one source of quality hires, professional networks like LinkedIn can be very impactful throughout the recruitment process, especially in the initial screening stage. Actively using professional social networking tools like LinkedIn can enhance your hiring efforts and allow you to filter through allied healthcare applicants based on their qualifications, including professional background and experience. By utilizing online tools, you’ll be able to instantly communicate with candidates about opportunities that align with their credentials and career goals.
For the long-term success of your organization, it’s important that you revamp your hiring practices so you can bring great candidates on board. Over time, you will see firsthand how small hiring changes can lead to significantly better employee retention.