Now Hiring

Written by Heather Siler

When you have an employment opening in your practice, how much thought do you give to hiring the right candidate? More often than not, the focus is placed on getting the position filled, and this can prove to be an unfortunate way to hire a new team member. There are many factors involved in choosing the right fit for your practice, and it’s well worth your time to carefully consider each interviewee.

First and foremost, think about why dentistry is your passion. What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning and makes you grateful to be in the dental field? When you and your team realize the “why,” not only will you find the right team member, but you’ll also take your practice to new heights.

Secondly, become familiar with your core values and make sure you and your team share these values. The “who” is very important because the entire office needs to have the same beliefs and be on the same page. Good or bad, your relationship with one another will extend to the treatment of your patients.

Lastly, ask the candidate the right questions. The “what” is equally important as the “why” and “who.” Being prepared for the interview with the right questions is imperative for locating the perfect individual. Pay attention to body language and listen to the answers given. Also, several working interviews are mandatory to determine if this person will mesh with everyone. Personality tests are very helpful and informative as well. Looking beyond the resume will ensure you make the right decision. Some pertinent questions are:

  1. What skills and duties did you perform in your last position?
  2. Why did you leave your last position and under what terms?
  3. Have you ever been chosen to lead the team, and if so, how did the others respond to your leadership?
  4. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment and why?
  5. Are you open to offering and/or receiving mentorship?

These are but a few recommendations. Sit down and think about the type of person you want by your side and don’t be afraid to weed out as many candidates as necessary. When you think you’ve found the right person, make sure it’s understood that they will be placed on a three-month probationary period. It’s not the end of the world if you hire the wrong person and if after three months, you find that the fit isn’t right, you can part ways without any drama. Also remember, people tend to be who they are, and while skills can be learned, a person’s values and culture are difficult to change.