Count on trusted colleagues for candidate referrals

Getting referrals from trusted colleagues can help you find motivated physician candidates who may not be interviewing with other practices. Referrals can come from current and past colleagues, former employers, and referring physicians.

Because these valuable resources know you, they should be able to identify candidates who are good professional and personality fits for your practice. This not only save times and money but also reduces the number of references you will need to check.

You also can get referrals from candidates you are currently considering. When speaking with candidates-especially those who don't seem interested in the job-politely ask, "Do you know anyone who may have an interest in the opportunity we discussed?" If so, ask the candidate whether it would be appropriate for you to call that person. If the candidate hesitates about sharing the associates contact information, inquire as whether he or she could pass along yours.

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