Almost everything has changed in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic—except for the fact that almost all candidates who were willing to make a job change before the pandemic are still willing and available to interview. How can recruiters in the healthcare field continue to serve their candidates and clients during the uncertainties of a global pandemic?
Your Job Search During COVID-19
The first thing for a job search candidate to understand during COVID-19 is that HR teams are still adjusting their recruiting strategies to marketplace changes that are evolving. But out of all the career paths a candidate could choose, clearly healthcare remains a vital necessity, perhaps now more than ever.
For many recruiters and hiring managers, videoconferencing is the new normal. However, most healthcare recruiters seek top talent from around the nation and virtual interviews have been a standard workflow for most of us for years.
The coronavirus work from home rules have changed a few things, including whether we recruit from a central office or our homes. While we’re still figuring a few things out, we’ve worked out a new normal for our pandemic interview response. Some of our takeaways so far include:
- Video meetings work well for clients and candidates alike. In many of these meetings, we act as a moderator. UHC Solutions recently hosted 12 people on a Zoom video interview. Each of us were at different locations.
- This past week we conducted a final interview via a live video walkthrough of the FQHC facility. The dentist-candidate stated, “I can see myself working here,” and ultimately accepted the offer.
These trends illustrate that the candidate considering an FQHC must be fairly comfortable with the video interview environment. Most companies are now fully remote, so videoconferencing is probably not the anomaly it once was.
Interestingly, some best practices implemented by UHC Solutions haven’t changed at all. Candidates appreciate our transparency at a time when there are so many uncertainties. Communicating regularly with active candidates on the status of the hiring process, staying available for questions, and providing support are techniques that every recruiter employs regularly as a standard operating procedure.
However, it may be more difficult for frontline healthcare workers to handle the added stress of the interview process during a global pandemic. UHC Solutions works closely with these candidates to ensure the recruiting and interview process is efficient and as stress-free as possible. It’s been interesting to note that the pandemic has made many people question their work and the hectic pace of their lives. For clinical providers seeking a less stressful work environment, FQHC positions in quieter rural communities may be exactly what they need.
As unemployment rises across the nation, it is important to understand that the demand for talent never stops in the community healthcare arena. Our clients that can initiate or complete the interview process are now reaping huge rewards in this competitive market for available talent. If you are a healthcare provider considering a change of pace, if you’re dreaming about a job where your passion for quality care can genuinely help people, or if you’re a new graduate seeking a new mission, UHC Solutions is still hard at work. Now is the time to start a conversation that will pay big dividends for your future.