In an age where technology meets medical talent at every turn, healthcare job hunting and clinical recruitment processes are continuously evolving. Many healthcare professionals expect a job application cycle to wrap up in just three weeks, though the current average can run anywhere between three and six weeks. This shift in expectations offers an intriguing look into the modern world of healthcare recruitment as healthcare companies work to meet this expectation.
The reality is that many companies struggle to meet this expectation due to various factors, but new technology has made it possible in a vast majority of settings. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why there is a three-week expectation, how it benefits companies and candidates, and some tips to help healthcare companies become more efficient in their hiring process.
How Did it Start?
In the earlier days of hospital staffing, job hunting was predominantly a waiting game. Applications, often mailed physically, took weeks to process, and feedback was slow to arrive. But with the digital transformation in healthcare, applications can be sent, screened, and responded to in a fraction of that time.
Today’s healthcare workforce, led by Millennials and Gen Z, has grown up with this high-speed technology that allows for quick turnarounds and continuous feedback. Commonly referred to as a desire for “instant gratification”, this expectation for hiring parties to be utilizing the tools to achieve such a response rate translates into high expectations from recruitment processes.
Beneficial to All Parties
Meeting the three-week expectation isn’t without challenges. Background checks, bureaucratic procedures, and in-depth interviews can extend timelines. However, companies that mirror their candidate’s expectation and optimize their processes enjoy better employer branding, reduced hiring costs, and the ability to attract top medical talent.
Even if there is a delay in the process, companies can retain the trust and dedication of candidates through open communication. Regular updates, good or bad, show candidates that they are valued beyond being a resume in a stack and let them feel secure in the idea of waiting for this opportunity instead of starting to look again for something new.
To meet this expected timeline, companies need to ensure that they are operating as efficiently as possible. While we expand more on some of the complications companies face here, below are some general quick tips on how to be as streamlined as possible.
Post Detailed Job Listings
Posting a detailed job listing with specific requirements and qualifications is essential to ensure that you receive a pool of qualified candidates. This will help you avoid wasting time reviewing unqualified resumes as you’ll receive applications from viable candidates who meet the required criteria. Ensure that the job description is easy to understand, clearly defines the job duties, and specific qualifications.
Be Prepared to Hire
If you have jobs open and are actively looking to hire, then you need to be prepared to move forward when a qualified candidate arrives. Being ready to hire means being available to interview, to schedule follow-ups, communicate, and have paperwork ready to go so that the candidate can sign and start as soon as possible.
Review and Re-Evaluate
Not every tip works for every company. Once you have concluded the hiring process, reflecting on the process quality and levels of efficiency can identify successful areas as well as areas that need improvement going forward. Completing this review can identify pain points, prioritize changes for improvement, and establish a process for future recruitment activity.
Meeting the ‘three-week window’ expectation is crucial to healthcare companies. Outside of streamlining your internal process, getting assistance from a third party can be a game changer as well. Specialized recruiting teams, like those at Radius Staffing Solutions, can help sharpen the talent pool, ensuring that only those with the skills, drive, and genuine interest come across your desk. If you are looking for a team that is ready to help in such a way, then connect with one of our recruiters today!