The hiring process is something no dentist office owner really wants to go through. It can be overwhelming, tiresome, and complicated. But with the employment of dentists predicted to increase 19% between 2016 and 2026, there are bound to be numerous dentist, dental assistant, and dental hygiene jobs that need to be filled within the next few years. Unfortunately, even a small mistake during the hiring process can significantly hurt a dental practice. Let’s look at a few common mistakes dental offices should avoid when hiring for dental jobs.
1) Not clearly defining what they’re looking for:
First and foremost, dental offices should know what they’re looking for when hiring. This means they not only need to know which positions they want to fill, but they need to clearly define what kind of person they want for the position. Possessing the appropriate skills, qualifications and experience are important, but no less important than personality traits.
So, before you post that ad, ask the entire Team what kind of individual they envision working with 8-9 hours a day. In doing this, the process of finding the right candidates for dentist jobs, dental hygiene jobs, and other dental office positions will be much smoother.
2) Not having a refined hiring system:
Dental offices have defined systems when it comes to treating patients; why wouldn’t they want a successful, repeatable system for hiring a dental professional who will work closely with their patients? Every dental office should have that system in place that is followed when hiring for open positions. In doing so, the office will be able to work on recruiting the best candidates for consideration and eliminating the others.
So, before you post that ad, ask yourself: have we refined our system of hiring enough that we are able to choose the best candidates? Having the right documents, like resumes to determine skills and experience to letters of recommendations to help determine personality traits, the same process should be followed in the system of hiring.
3) Not using the right platforms:
Dental offices will often post job openings on a local platform, hoping to catch the attention of local candidates. Unfortunately, this may not produce the best candidate pool. Conversely, by using an online dental job board, dental offices can connect with those in the dental field looking for a job on a national level.
These sites are specific for dentistry and can connect people across the country, creating a larger candidate pool. Dental professionals move across the country every day for the right job. In using this type of hiring platform, dental offices can ensure they’re truly connecting with the best candidates.
Whether an office is looking to fill dental hygiene jobs, dental assistant jobs, or any position in the office, avoiding these mistakes can minimize the stress of hiring and improve the chances of finding the right dental professional.
Dr. Deborah Marynak is the owner of DentalStaffing.org, a dentist with over 30 years experience, and is committed to helping Dental Professionals find the right fit for both employees and employers. She also works with Dental Offices to help them streamline their clinical systems and teach Dental Teams how to effectively document to avoid risk.