Chiropractic assistants keep a chiropractor’s office running smoothly and efficiently. They are also the first face that patients see when they walk in, so it’s important to hire the right person.
The wrong assistant can bring down the whole office environment. How do you choose the right person to hire? We’re going to give you our pro tips for vetting, interviewing, and hiring the perfect chiropractic assistant for your office. Let’s get started.
Identify Your Goals and Pain Points
To get a better idea of the type of person you are looking for to fill the role, think about what you really need from an assistant. What would their major job responsibilities be?
What are the gaps in your current staff that need to be filled? Think about the pain points in your office’s daily operations and how a new person could help solve those problems.
Write down a couple of practical needs you have too. Do you need someone to come in early in the morning to open the office? If so, you need to hire a natural morning person.
Do you need someone that organizes patient files? In that case, you need someone with strong organizational skills. If you need someone at the front desk to answer phones and talk to walk-in patients, you need someone with a bubbly personality.
You should also consider your personality and leadership style as well as the personalities of your current staff members. What type of personality would mix well with your office culture?
When you have a clear description of who you are looking for, you will need to then assess the candidates to make sure they fit the behavioral traits you are looking for.
What Are Your Non-Negotiable Qualifications?
When it comes to a new hire, do you want someone with previous experience in chiropractic positions or other areas of the medical field? Or would you rather have a new person that you can train?
Make sure you clarify your non-negotiable qualifications in the job listing. For instance, if you will only hire someone with two to five years of experience, list that in the job description. If you are not picky about previous experience, list the job as an entry-level position.
What skills do you need your chiropractic assistant to have? Do you need someone who is highly organized? Do you want someone with great customer service skills?
Getting a clear picture of WHO you wnt to hire is critical to a successful lasting relationship. If you need help with this process, we can help you. Go here to schedule a call with our CA placement specialist.
Speaking of the interview, let’s talk about the questions you must ask to find the best chiropractic assistant.
Pro Tips: Interview Questions to Ask Prospective Assistants
To find the right assistant, you need to ask smart questions in the interview. These interview questions will help you weed out applicants who are not a good fit so you can move forward with the right hire.
The following questions will help identify the applicant’s passion, hunger, self-awareness, conflict management style, and more. Click here to download our interview guide for more smart questions.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
- What are the three top factors that helped you to attribute success in your life?
- When is the last time something didn’t go as planned? How did you react?
- Have you ever been promoted? Why or why not?
- How much feedback do you like to get from people you report to, and in what form?
- What have been the most difficult criticisms for you to accept?
- What was the toughest goal you’ve had in recent years, what did you do, and what was the outcome?
- What do you like least and most about your current job?
- What will be the ideal next job for you?
- Describe the level of teamwork you have experienced in recent years with your coworkers.
Our proprietary behavioral assessment and cognitive testing will help you get to know your applicant’s personality and cognitive abilities. It’s important to have someone who fits with your office culture and also has the right skills and experience.
You could find a bubbly person with a great personality, but they are not the right fit if they don’t have the right kind of experience. On the other hand, you could find someone with all of the right skills who has a personality that puts off customers.
Essentially, you need to hire the person who has the best blend of the personality and cognitive abilities. When you find that person, you will know that you’ve found the right chiropractic assistant.
Use a Chiropractic Employment Agency
If you want the hard work done for you, the best option is to use a chiropractic employment agency to find the right hire for you. An agency like Chiro Match Makers will do all the leg work and bring you the best potential assistant options.
Here is how our process works:
You schedule a brainstorming session with us to learn all about how our system works. We will answer all your questions and figure out the best assistant for you.
Next, we use a predictive placement process, which utilizes an algorithm to find the ideal assistant for your office. This gives you an array of options to interview, and you can rest assured that they will all have the right qualifications.
Our system has proven to work time and time again. The data-driven decision-making process will take the emotions out of it, which is what usually causes chiropractors to make the wrong hire.
Schedule a Call With Chiro Match Makers Today
Hiring a new chiropractic assistant is stressful and time-consuming. You already have a lot on your plate running your practice and keeping your patients happy. Let us do the work for you to find the perfect person to build your team.
In fact, we can build your entire team so you have the practice of your dreams. Contact us to schedule a call today to get started with our proven hiring system.
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