An interview is a meeting of the minds. As a healthcare recruiter, you want to ensure you are asking questions that reflect your candidates’ values, work ethic, and process so that you can really see how they’ll fit into your organization. The best way to do this is to create a specialized list of interview questions that highlight essential skills, problem-solving techniques, and work philosophy.
As you think about the questions you’ll ask your candidates, remember to emphasize soft skills as well as experience and knowledge. Communication, teamwork, accountability, and cultural understanding are incredibly important in keeping and retaining your top candidates. Everyone loves watching Dr. House on TV, but would you really want Mr. Zero Accountability working in your hospital?
The healthcare industry consists of many different professions, from nurse practitioners and doctors to pharmacists and physical therapists—to name a few. Each of these positions requires a specific set of interview questions to classify the candidate as a fit for your institution. Crafting an interview with a mix of mostly structured and a few unstructured questions that helps you gauge soft vs hard skills is crucial.
While open-ended questions should be used sparingly throughout an interview because they don’t lead you to the information you need to make a strong hiring decision, their nature can inspire candidates to reveal more about themselves. On the other hand, structured questions give you a chance to see how your interviewee will react in specific situations.
To gain a better understanding of your candidate, use both types of questions in your interview process. Interviewstream’s interview builder can help you assess which questions to ask aspiring healthcare professionals. Building and using the same interview for every candidate being considered for a position inspires data-driven hiring decisions, which translates into better hires.
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Caroline Chessia is the Marketing Operations Specialist at interviewstream. She loves color-coordinated graphs, hiking in the mountains, and every dog she meets—especially the Golden Retrievers.