Top 5 Mistakes Dentists Make When Hiring Employees

When is the hiring process ever considered an enjoyable process? There is so much paper work and research that it really becomes a burden on you.

As a dentist who is trying to grow their practice, you’ve probably said to yourself “I know that I need a good team, but it is just too hard to find the right people”. If this sound like you, this article is going to help you out.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 mistakes dentists make during the hiring process, and how you can avoid them.

1. The Job Description wasn’t clear.

It’s a pain in the rear to write the job description for hiring a new dentist for your practice, but skimping on the job description will not do you any good. By taking the time to get very clear on the actual job description, you will have more qualified applicants applying for the job and this will reduce the stress that hiring un-qualified applicants will bring. All the candidates for a job must be aware of all the skills that they need in order to be a successful team member.

2. You don’t know what you’re looking for.

Another major problem is that you really don’t know what you are looking for. You understand that you need another dentist in your office in order to bring more people in and out of the office so that you can make more money. However, you don’t understand what type of person you need to hire. You need to take the time to brainstorm what type of person you are looking to hire. Getting clear on the ideal characteristics and personality types will help you long-term.

What type of characteristics are you looking for in your new team members and what type of person would best benefit the team?

3. You don’t go with your gut.

Typically going with your gut feeling works out great.If you have a great feeling about someone, it may be a good idea to hire them on the spot IF you’ve done your research.

You’ll need to review everything before the interview and check references and check the candidates job history before officially making an offer. Keep your eyes out for people who “job hop” and look at their work history. Do you really want someone working with you who does this? Consider if this person is the right fit for you and your team.

4. You assume that they’ve made it this far, they are going to cut it in the office.

You NEED training and orientation for new dentists. Someone who goes through the full interview process and seems to fit ideally may not necessarily be prepared to just get thrown into the working mix. You’ll need to focus on training them and getting your new dentist comfortable with the process used in your office.

5. You hire someone out of desperation.

This happens more often than you may think. You’re in a difficult position and are really struggling to keep up with all your clients. So…you hire a new dentist out of desperation. BAD IDEA!

You really need to make sure that you are careful when checking resumes and if there has been an issue, get the reason for it. Sometimes it’s just an unhappy customer who is impossible to please. You’ve probably had a couple of these in your office already and understand that it does happen. By doing this, you won’t hire someone who’s only considered decent. You hire someone who is PERFECT for your practice.

The most important thing you can do to keep yourself from making the most common mistakes is to allow yourself the time to meet with and review applicants. It is tough, but if you pay enough attention to detail and learn from the mistakes above, you’ll have a perfect new staff member.

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