Your clinic’s reputation depends very much on your staff. Having the right people in place – including quality Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants – can prove to be fundamental to your clinic’s success.
But finding the right personnel is easier said than done. Luckily, there are medical recruitment agencies, like NP PA Recruiters, who can help you to find the right experienced professionals to join your team.
However, as useful as recruiting agencies can be, it is important to know how to work with them so that you can get the best candidate for your needs. Let our team at NP PA Recruiters provide you with 7 dos and don’ts of working with a medical recruitment agency.
The Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know
1. DO recognize when you need to work with a recruitment agency.
The recruitment process can be a long and drawn out process, requiring plenty of resources to find the right person. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that clinic owners or HR managers always have time for.
Recognizing when you need the assistance is important when taking that first step to finding a medical recruitment agency. Some telltale signs that you are in need of working with one include:
- You need multiple positions to be filled.
- You want to grow your list of candidates for an important job position.
- You are hiring for a highly specialized job and your hiring managers don’t have the experience of recruiting/interviewing such candidates.
- You simply do not have the time to work through the recruitment process yourself.
2. DON’T confuse recruitment agencies with employment agencies.
While they may sound alike, and even function in a similar way, employment agencies essentially serve the job seeker. On the other hand, recruitment agencies serve employers, providing them with quality candidates who match the requirements and criteria the employer has established beforehand.
3. DO know what kind of recruiter you need.
There are three main types of recruitment agencies which generally have different fees and warranty structures. You must contact the type of agency that fits your needs:
- Retained: These types of agencies usually have a field expertise and are able to find highly specialized candidates. Retained recruitment agencies normally will manage the whole process for you but can cost more than the other two.
- Contingency: These agencies do not get paid unless their candidate gets hired, with payment usually being a percentage of the hired candidate’s salary. Contingency recruitment agencies will do the homework, search out candidates, and set up interviews, but you still have to decide who you want to interview and hire.
- Temporary (or Temp. to Perm.): For temporary employees or employers interested in having a trial period before offering a permanent position.
4. DO ask questions.
As with any work relationship, communication is key to developing a positive experience. Asking the right questions can help you uncover if the agency will be able to meet your needs. Some questions to ask include:
- What experience do you have recruiting in my specific medical niche?
- How do you measure your client’s satisfaction score?
- What was your most recent satisfaction score?
- Are your rates or fees higher or lower compared to other agencies (and why)?
- What are your expectations of me?
5. DO have your hiring managers or HR personnel work with the agency.
Hiring a recruitment agency doesn’t mean that your managers should be kept in the dark. Your HR personnel will have valuable insight about your current team’s chemistry and this information is not always available to the recruitment agents.
Keeping your hiring managers involved in the process will help to ensure that the right candidate is chosen; personality, character, and the current work environment need to all be considered.
6. DON’T try to negotiate the recruiting fee too much.
The truth is that some recruiters will send their best talents to those clients who pay the highest recruiting fees. Trying to negotiate to lower fee can backfire on you and force you to lose out on quality candidates.
7. DON’T hire more than one agency.
Recruitment agencies tend to work fast, and hiring multiple ones can lead to an overwhelming amount of possible candidates (and even some duplicates). Also, having more than one agency can strain the communication between you, the agencies, and your managers – all which could slow the hiring process.
Are you in need of an experienced and quality nurse practitioner or physician assistant? NP PA Recruiters is the medical recruitment agency you need. We can help you to find the right candidate today!
Contact NP PA Recruiters today at 214-802-8240 or 214-351-3880 to start your search for a qualified medical professional who will provide the care your patients need and deserve.