We understand that hiring can be stressful! Going through all the resumes, interviews and reference checks can be time-consuming. You want to make sure that you are hiring the right fit for your practice and want someone to fit in with the team, so hiring the right person becomes quite a task. We often get asked: “Is it better to hire an experienced candidate or search for dental professionals with no experience at all”
Hiring for Dental Practices
When it comes to hiring candidates for different roles, dental practices need to take several things into consideration. To begin with, they must understand that searching for the right dental professionals can be extremely time-consuming and sometimes be a tedious process. All dental professionals are expected to handle several things at the same time. For instance, Dental Administrators need to manage patients, patient records, schedule appointments, manage inventory among other important tasks. You need to look at each role and understand what skills are required. You need to look for candidates that are best suited for various positions, because each position may require different skills, experience and education.
Experience or No Experience
Before hiring a suitable candidate, dental practices need to have a clear and concise idea around the type of candidate they are looking to hire and the skillset that is needed. Depending on the role, a dental practice should focus on hiring a candidate with great customer service, knowledge, and positive attitude. Even if a candidate has many years of experience, they may fail to connect and interact with patients, which could result in some lost business. Thus, it is important for dental practices to hire dental professionals who are friendly in their approach and have a positive personality, whether they have 1-year experience or even 10 years. Dental Administrators and Assistants should pay heed to patients’ requirements and be personable. These are certain traits that cannot be taught at any dental school or college.
Dental practices must, therefore, assess a candidate’s overall skills, abilities, and experience to determine whether he/she is suitable for the job or not. While experienced dental professionals can certainly handle dental procedures and treatments appropriately, experience may not be everything. Thus, dental clinics should look to hire candidates based on the requirements of the job roles. While there’s no denying the fact that experience comes in handy during dental procedures and treatments, dental practices shouldn’t ignore the fact that a candidate can easily be trained if he/she has the willingness and desire to learn and grow.
There is no hard rule to say whether experience is better than no experience, but it all boils down to the specific role you are hiring for and the skills needed for the job. Some things can be trained and learned, other things cannot!
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