Tips for recruiting.

Recruiting is a very time consuming and at times very stressful part of running a business. Am I right?!

When you are going out to market and advertising for a position, the very first thing you need to do is think about the role and how are you going to go about implementing your recruitment strategy.

Do you do psychometric testing when you recruit?

If you’re hiring for a role that includes people management, I would do a personality or motivational assessment as part of your recruiting because you really want someone in that role who displays specific characteristics.

Will you start your recruiting with a phone screening, if so what will that look like?

Will you start with a group interview and then follow up with individual interviews?

Will you ensure to include scenario based questions?

Will there be behavioural questions tied in with the deliverables of the advertised role?

You could consider a panel for interviewing, in which case you’d need to determine who will sit on the panel.

Don’t be afraid to reach out within your network! I recently hired an OT for my business, so invited a former colleague to help me recruit. She was able to assess the specific OT qualities and experience that I am not across.

When hiring, most clinicians will follow the traditional route of putting out an ad, then interviewing. However if you think about some of the considerations above, you’re able to make the process more streamlined and efficient by considering the role and how the recruitment process could look in order to find the right candidate.

If you go in with the right strategy, you’re able to make candidates more specific, and save time.

Do you have a tried and tested truck for effective recruitment? Share it with the facebook group - HR and Leadership Skills for Aussie Health Practice Owners, or connect with me - @emmaspencer on instagram.


Emma Spencer

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families and peri-natal care.  Her background has been varied and included employment within hospital and community settings, both public and private.

Emma also worked for a number of years in consulting, as a trainer, project manager, neuropsychological assessor and also provided employment selection and transition services.