Thursday, April 30, 2015

Perfect match: Choose the right associate for your practice

Our friends over at Dr. Bicuspid ( featured a great article from ETS Dental this week titled "Perfect match: Choose the right associate for your practice"

In the article, Vice President and Senior Dental Recruiter Morgan Pace breaks down a great systematic approach for analyzing associate candidates on a variety of levels, including clinical skills, production capability, goal alignment, clinical philosophy, and personality.

Click the link below to read the full article on their site!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Hiring an Associate Dentist – What to Look for on a Candidate’s Resume/CV

While large corporations in other industries may rely on automated applicant tracking systems to sift through resumes and attempt to identify the best candidates for an open position through keywords and algorithms, most dental practices employ a much simpler approach of reading through candidate resumes and CV’s manually. As the doctor or office manager, it can often be a challenge to identify the best candidate for your open position based off of a single document.

As a dental recruiting firm, we know all too well what it’s like to read through giant stacks of resumes and CV’s. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, filtering out the best candidates can quickly turn into a very daunting and frustrating task. Over the years we’ve come to recognize several key areas to pay attention to that will most often indicate very quickly whether a candidate is a good fit for your practice. So what should a doctor or manager look for on a candidate’s resume/CV?
Here are some items on a candidate’s resume/CV to pay particular attention to:
  1. Education (school and graduation date) – Knowing when and where a candidate received their degree is the first indicator of whether or not he or she is a good fit for your practice. How long ago did the candidate graduate? Did he or she graduate with honors? If a practice is looking to bring in a new grad as their next associate, this is the first place to look.
  2. Notable CE/GPR/AEGD Programs – Continuing education courses can have a positive impact on a candidate’s ability to treat patients, grow the practice, and meet state licensure requirements. Making sure a candidate is licensed to work in your state before scheduling an interview can help avoid many unforeseen issues and prevent wasting time on unqualified candidates.
  3. Quantifiable Accomplishments – It’s likely that almost every candidate will put an objective statement on his or her resume claiming to be great with patients and staff, exceptionally team oriented, very willing to learn, and so on. But what can the candidate do to better the practice’s bottom line? Good chairside manner is essential, but a friendly candidate with a terrible production average isn’t going to help grow your practice. Let the numbers do the talking on the candidate’s resume. You’ll have a chance to observe the candidate’s personality during the interview. For now, focus on the numbers in front of you and the value he or she can add to your practice.
  4. Special Skills and Training - What special skills does the candidate have? Can he or she do molar endo, implants, or surgical extractions? Hiring a candidate with additional skills means keeping more cases in-house, which directly affects your practice’s bottom line.
  5. References – Take a look at the references listed on the candidate’s resume/CV. If you’re in a smaller dental community, chances are you might already know the candidate or at least one of the references listed. If everything else on a candidate’s resume checks out, go ahead and reach out to their references. Sometimes doing so can provide incredibly valuable insight into a candidate’s character, professionalism, skillset, and personality before they ever sit down for an interview.
If you’re looking to hire a new associate or staff member for your dental practice, consider reaching out to us at ETS Dental! We’re regularly in touch with hundreds of dentists, specialists, and dental staff every day. Contact your local recruiter now and let us start searching for your next great team member!

Online Interviewing Tips for Hiring Managers

Interviewing can be costly and time consuming, especially when considering candidates from out of the area. Luckily, technology advancements have enabled us to reach these individuals with much more ease than we have had in the past thanks to the webcam allowing for online interviews.

We are seeing more clients opting for online interviews due to the following benefits:
  • You are able to view the candidate and gauge their professional appearance and body language
  • Allows you to see the interviewee in their own surroundings
  • Reduces travel costs associated with bringing candidates in for interviews
Considering adding online interviews to your hiring process? The following are some tips to help both the interviewer make the best first impression.
  1. Be familiar with the technology you are using —Download the program ahead of time, and do a test run with a friend. Skype is one of the more common software programs being used, but as with any technology, it’ll be much better to work out the technical kinks on the front end before starting the interview.
  2. Make sure that you and the interviewee are able to connect —Make sure you have one another’s screen name or log in information needed prior to the appointment.
  3. Make sure you look into the camera —If you are looking at the screen, you are not making direct eye contact with the person to whom you are communicating. This can be just as damaging for a video interview as it would be if you were sitting across a table from someone.
  4. Be mindful of your background and lighting —Put yourself in an area with little to no background noise, and be mindful of potential interruptions. Also be aware of what the person will see behind you. It is best to avoid stark white walls and busy backgrounds. Test the lighting in the area where you will interview ahead of time to make sure it is flattering.
  5. Adjust the camera ahead of time —You want the camera to show your head, shoulders, and hands. You need to be able to communicate fully, so this includes being able to transmit and receive nonverbal cues.
  6. Dress for success —Dress for a video interview the same way you would if you were meeting the person at the office. Dark colors with a touch of color are the safest and look best on camera.
  7. Have a script —Having notes in front of you can prevent awkward silences and keep the conversation on track.
Written by Tiffany Worstell, Account Executive/Dental Recruiter for Dental Staff at ETS Dental ( For more information, contact Tiffany directly at 540-491-9112 or