Recruiters today, both in-house and third party, have gotten a bad reputation among physician candidates. Whether it is getting a barrage of emails for locations they have no interest in or getting calls at their place of work, candidates are often less than pleased with many healthcare recruiters. But even when these annoyances are avoided, most recruiters are guilty of every candidate’s greatest pet peeve: never knowing when they are no longer under consideration for an open position.
We know – physician recruiters are incredibly busy and would prefer to spend what little time they have at their disposal working on candidates that are still actively in consideration than following up with candidates who have been ruled out. But making sure that rejected physician candidates know when they are no longer under consideration for a position can actually pay off in the long run for an employer’s physician recruitment efforts. Here are three of the ways that letting candidates know when they’ve been ruled out can have a positive impact on your physician recruitment effort.
1. Maintaining Employer Reputation
The intense competition for highly qualified healthcare professionals has been well documented – and it doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon. So the last thing that physician recruiters need when trying to find that next great hire is a bad reputation following them around. When a candidate (especially one who has interviewed) receives no word regarding the status of their candidacy for weeks, their view of the employing organization is instantly tarnished. Even worse, the candidate is likely to share this view with their colleagues. In order to prevent the physician and those in his or her professional circle from taking a negative view of your organization and your hiring practices, it pays to let the candidate know where they stand in the recruitment process in a timely manner – even if it is to only let them know that you have decided to pursue other candidates.
2. Possibility of Future Hire
Sometimes, physician recruiters come across an excellent candidate, but for some reason or other they are not a good fit for the particular opportunity they are recruiting for. By letting the candidate know that they are not the right fit for the current opportunity in a timely manner, recruiters can reach out to the candidate if an opportunity that comes along for which the candidate would be an ideal match. If the candidate had not been told once they were no longer under consideration, they might not want anything to do with your organization in the future – something you definitely wouldn’t want!
3. Opportunity for Referrals
Recruiters who take the time to let a candidate know their status are not particularly common – which is why it is all the more important to do so. Coming across as a considerate and forthright recruiter will set you and your organization appart, and increase the likelihood that a rejected physician candidate will refer a colleague who is actively looking for opportunities in your area to you. In physician recruitment, your reputation can make or break you, and having a sterling reputation can lead to the referrals that fill your vacancies.
Letting a candidate know they are no longer under consideration can be difficult and time consuming, but it is time well spent. By doing so, recruiters can maintain their company’s reputation, keep lines of communication open with candidates about future positions, and open doors to a whole new pool of candidates.