How to avoid making a costly hiring mistake.

If you’ve been working in the industry as long as we have, you’ve probably run into a bad hire or two along the way. But do you know how much a little mistake in the hiring process can impact your bottom line?

Over forty percent of companies say a bad hire has cost them at least $25,000, according to a 2014 survey published in Fast Company.

When your dental practice is growing, or an employee is parting ways, you are looking to fill gaps as quickly as possible. But hiring the wrong person can be detrimental. Not only can it damage your reputation with loyal patients, but it can also have a negative affect of employee morale, decrease productivity, and bring the added expense of recruiting and training a replacement.

Hire Personnel Solutions brings over 25 years of experience in the industry. We’ve experienced nearly every level of the dental practice, from front to back. And we know how much work goes into running your dental practice every single day. You’re busy driving revenue and treating patients; there’s very little time to focus on hiring and training the right dental professionals for the right roles.

The hiring process is no easy feat.

There are so many variables that go into a new hire. How do you know you’re making the right decision for your practice? Consider the following three key tips when hiring a new employee:

1. Pay attention to core values.

Your company culture is what makes your dental practice what it is today. Have you taken the time to determine the core values of your business? You have to be willing to look within before you can attract what (or who) is right for you.

During the interview process, pay close attention to fit. Everyone you meet has their own set of values – and these morals and beliefs are what drive their decision-making. What is important to the company must also be valued by its key people. Ask specific questions geared at determining whether this is the case.

2. Look for heart, time and energy.

We’re living in a time of unlimited opportunities. If you’re looking to hire top talent, chances are someone else is too. How do you know they will be loyal to this prospective role, rather than jumping at the next “magical opportunity” that awaits?

Consider the level of stability your new employee will bring to your business. Do they tend to jump around a lot? Could they be looking to use this role as a stepping-stone to the next job offer? Carefully consider the heart, time, and energy the person is prepared to invest in your business. Find out why the left their previous position, and what their goals are moving forward.

3. Hire for passion.

When a person is passionate about the work they do, it’s like a fire burning within. It’s part of them everywhere they go, in everything they do. Passionate people share a certain zest for life, and it return, it drives their ability to come up with new ideas and get things done. Ask questions about their life outside of work: what are their hobbies and interests? What kind of music do they enjoy? Watch for the way their eyes light up when they talk about why they do what they do.

Remember, skills within the dental office can be taught – and for new grads, they come with experience on the job. But attitude outplays every time. Hire the right people for the right jobs, and your business will soar.

Still struggling to find the time to give the hiring process the attention it requires? At Hire Personnel Solutions, we understand a dentist’s down time is limited. Let us take care of the hiring and onboarding process so you can focus on your dental practice. Take advantage of our job board and start finding qualified candidates right away.