Finding talent in the medical industry has it’s own unique challenges.
In addition to requiring certifications and licenses, the people you hire also need to have the soft skills required of patient-centric work. That can make finding the right people the job difficult. After all, just because someone has the correct skills, it still doesn’t mean they are the best person for the job.
If you’re looking to recruit top talent in the medical industry, keep these tips in mind:
1 Look to the Future
The need for talent in the health care sector is already huge, and it’s going to continue to grow as baby boomers – one of the largest generations – continue to retire. The Society for Human Resource Management suggested looking two to three years in the future as you make your hiring decisions today. Track past growth in each department of your organization to make predictions on where you’re most likely to see a need for talent in the next few years.
Understand your organization’s goals and strategy for growth, which can reveal areas where you will need good talent in the future. Then, create attractive recruiting messaging that highlights the organizational growth and potential possibilities in these areas to attract talent who would be best suited for your company culture.
2 Use Field-Specific Assessments and Background Checks
Once worthy talent is identified and interviews begin with multiple candidates, it helps to have as much information as possible, as soon as possible. This will make it possible to eliminate of candidates early in the process and focus on those who seem like a good match for your organization. That’s where using field-specific assessments comes in handy.
For example, you could use a nursing skills assessment to track your candidates’ knowledge of common topics. Assessments are especially helpful as hiring managers in the health care industry have the added challenge that they may not be personally familiar with the experience that candidates need to have. Likewise, you can use a personality assessment to make sure that the individual is a good match for your organization’s culture. When speaking about background screening, it’s important to choose a provider that has experience in your industry. In healthcare, there are many different state specific screening requirements. The unification of pre-hire intelligence in your selection process can make the different between good, and great.
There are many ways to assess a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Choosing the right assessment and screening provider that fit your company’s core culture is important.
3 Change How You Think about Recruiting
When hiring new talent, managers tend to look at the situation from the perspective of the organization. This viewpoint looks like this: There’s a clear need for talent and there’s a certain way that lack of talent is affecting the organization. Therefore, by filling the open positions, the organization will improve and grow. While it’s a common way to look at the hiring process, it’s not the only way.
Journalist Daniel Levine, writing for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, suggested looking at the process from the perspective of a potential employee. Try to go through the process step by step in this mode of thinking. What is it about your organization that makes it stand out from the competition? If you struggle to answer this question, chances are that potential candidates will also be scratching their heads. Once you’ve surveyed the situation from this vantage point, use what you’ve learned to change how your organizational brand appears in the eye of the public.
The more you can make your brand stand out, the more talent will be drawn to it.
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