4 Questions To Ask Before You Work With A Healthcare Staffing Agency
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4 Questions To Ask Before You Work With A Healthcare Staffing Agency

September 30, 2019

As the demand for high-quality medical care continues to rise, the healthcare industry has become one of the nation’s top employers.1 The Bureau of Labor predicts that the healthcare industry will bring in 4 million new jobs by 2026, a third of the total job growth in the United States.2

To meet the needs of the country's aging population, healthcare companies are turning to recruiters to find the best employees for their organizations.3 But there are thousands of staffing agencies in the U.S., and like many of the hospitals, nursing homes, and alternative medical facilities that we work with, you may need help finding the right healthcare staffing agency for your needs.4

If you are looking for a reputable healthcare staffing agency, these questions will help you make the best decision for your organization:

How much experience do they have in the healthcare industry?

There are approximately 20,000 staffing agencies in the United States, but only 9% of their recruits work in the healthcare industry.5 If you are searching for the best staffing agency for your healthcare company, you need to make sure that you will work with an organization that has consistently hired the healthcare professionals that you are looking for.

That means that you want a healthcare staffing agency that focuses on your preferred group of employees, from nurses and medial technicians to primary care physicians and surgeons. Consider the roles within your healthcare company that have the highest turnover rates or candidate shortages, and use those statistics to choose the best healthcare staffing agency for your needs.

How do they find and recruit top talent for healthcare companies?

When you work with a healthcare staffing agency, your ultimate goal is to find employees that will stay with your organization for the duration of their contract (and in some cases, far longer than the term that they were initially hired for). The best way for your staffing agency to recruit top talent is to thoroughly vet candidates before you make your final decision.

If their recruitment process will have a direct impact on your ability to meet your organizational goals, you need to make sure that their tactics will work for your healthcare company. How large is their network of healthcare candidates, and how extensive is their hiring process? What tools do they use to identify good recruits: personality tests, in-depth interviews, trial placements, etc.? All of these factors should play a role in your final choice.

How do they deal with poor placements?

At the same time, it is important to recognize that poor placements can and will happen, even when you work with one of the best recruitment firms in the country. When you hire a healthcare staffing agency, it is their job to minimize the possibility of a poor placement and to respond appropriately when they do happen, facilitating a clean and amicable break between your healthcare company and the struggling employee.

What is their internal turnover rate?

Over time, you will begin to rely on the men and women who work at your healthcare staffing agency for support, guidance, and hiring advice. The last thing that you want is to lose those contacts due to internal hiring issues at the staffing agency that you work with, or worse, to be placed in the middle of conflicts between your staffing agency and their former account representatives. If you know how frequently they replace their current employees, you can make an informed choice before you commit to working with them.

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