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Practice tip of the week: Hiring staff

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With all the useful information available on Physicians Practice, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

With this in mind, the tip of the week is a chance to reflect on some of the wisdom found all across the site. In this January 2023 article on hiring practice staff, Carol Stryker gives this tip:

Step 2: Describe the ideal candidate

It will be useful to flesh out the attributes by actually describing how your ideal candidate would respond in two or three hypothetical situations. (You can use these hypotheticals in the eventual interviews.)

I also recommend describing the ideal candidate from the candidate’s point of view. To whom would the job be most appealing? To whom might the appeal be short-lived? Your best source of this information is your impression of staff, current and past. What type of person at what age and stage has performed well, been happy and stayed a long time? What are the attributes of people who have not worked out well?

The object of the exercise is to have something definite against which to measure candidates. It is unlikely that you will find an ideal candidate, but you will get much closer if you know what you want and hold out for a reasonably good fit.

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