The healthcare hiring process has become more challenging and competitive than ever for recruiters. But you can reduce your time-to-fill by improving how you interview candidates. We’re not suggesting you should rush the interview process — the wrong hire can cost the organization more in the end. In fact, a study published in Healthcare Finance News found that one unfilled healthcare position can cost an average of $7,700. Here are five interviewing best practices you should consider to meet today’s healthcare hiring demands.

Healthcare organizations rely on the skills and dedication of their healthcare recruiters to source and acquire their talented pools of clinicians to deliver patient-centered care. While doctors, nurses, and medical assistants are, of course, crucial to the successful operation of any healthcare organization, professional staff, including receptionists, practice managers, administrators, coders, environmental services staff, and more comprise a Patient-Centered Workforce™ — a workforce of highly-engaged people and teams who always endeavor to provide high-quality patient-centered care.

Why We Should All Start Eating Frogs for the Holidays

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As healthcare recruiters and talent acquisition practitioners, we have little time to waste as we are sprinting through our day, wondering which task to tackle next. We often fall into the trap of feeling that the busier we are, the faster we have to move, believing we don’t have a minute to spare to plan our day. But quite the opposite is true: Taking ten minutes to plan and prioritize our day before we begin it, saves us hours of wasted time.

I have surveyed the hiring leaders of several healthcare organizations regarding the process and quality of their relationship with their recruiters. And according to our benchmarks, Communication is the lowest-scoring dimension of the five key dimensions measured. When you think about this, it should not come as a surprise.

By making an effort to not just stay up-to-date on key sourcing trends, but to stay ahead of them sets healthcare recruitment practitioners up for success.

When you look at the top people in a given industry, you’ll find that many of them once worked for the same leader. Research into the practices of these “superbosses” uncovered similarities in their talent management strategies. Here are four habits of superbosses that healthcare leaders can adopt to improve their own ability to recruit and retain the best of the best.

The art of elite recruitment today is dramatically different than yesteryear. Recently, I came across a LinkedIn infographic called The Modern Recruiter: Part Artist, Part Scientist that outlines, with a fun visual, what it takes to be a great recruiter in today’s world, with today’s challenges. So what exactly is a “modern” recruiter?

Why Isn’t There a College Degree in Recruiting?

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Recruiters have the most important role in the organization. And that is by no means an overstatement. The vast majority of CEOs we work with cite people as their top strategic initiative — putting the best people in the right roles. And, recruiters are responsible for making that happen.

3 Tips for Recruiting a Patient-Centered Workforce

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Providing great patient care is crucial to the success of your healthcare organization. However, everyone is competing in the same limited talent pool in order to provide consistent quality care to their patients.