How to Choose a Recruiting Agency
Many medical practices look to healthcare recruiting agencies to help them find the perfect fit. But not all recruiting agencies are created equal. There are hundreds of agencies competing for your business daily. How do you know who to choose? How do you know which one will work best for your specific facility?
A great place to start is with this list of qualities to look for when choosing a medical recruiting agency. The best healthcare recruiters will provide the following:
A good understanding of your culture
A quality recruiting agency will take the time to understand the culture of your facility. You are looking for a provider who is not only qualified on paper but will fit in with your staff and working environment. The last thing you want is to hire a physician or extender who you will soon have to replace due to lack of understanding by the recruiter. Go with a recruiting agency that won’t waste your time with poor placements. Your agency should do a comprehensive search for candidates and carefully narrow down the candidate pool.
Choose an agency that will take you step-by-step through recruiting and hiring. Before you hire the recruiting firm, ask about their process – from the initial recruitment and screening to interviewing procedures, compensation/benefits negotiation and making a final offer. Recruiting and hiring medical providers can be a daunting task; it helps to have an expert guiding you every step of the way.
Concern for your long-term interests
Even if supplying short-term or locum tenens employees, your agency should consistently be aware of your long-term needs. A great healthcare staffing firm will be able to provide temporary workers with full-time potential. The possibility of hiring an existing temporary employee into a full-time position will ensure a smooth transition for your facility.
When questions or issues come up, your agency should respond within a couple of hours. Choose a recruiter that allows you to focus on quality care, while they take care of the hiring details. Time-sensitive questions and concerns are bound to pop up, and it is essential to have an agency that will work quickly for you.
Confidence in their medical providers
It’s important to work with a staffing company that backs the providers they place. Top healthcare staffing agencies have solid relationships with their candidates in order to ensure the best possible match. Hiring an agency that values candidate relationships will only help you in the long run.
Other than the fact that you may not have time to recruit on your own, ask potential agencies what they will provide that you couldn’t do without them. Quality companies will explain exactly how they earn their fees, detailing the tools they use and steps they take in the recruiting process. Explain that you are looking for an agency with an extensive network of medical providers and a dedicated contact who will handle the details and paperwork for you.
High ethical standards
Choosing an agency with high ethical standard may not be as easy as you think. Be sure the staffing company will value your privacy during this time. They should also always honor all contractual agreements.
Finding a recruiting agency for your hospital or medical practice
If you are in need of a medical recruiting agency, Tinkbird Healthcare Staffing has placed highly skilled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals in healthcare positions for well over a decade. We recruit from our extensive network of experienced providers to find the perfect candidate for your situation.