Clinical Staffing Reviews

A site which compares Clinical Recruitment Firms so you are able to select the best Recruiting Company to fit your staffing needs.

Have you done your homework?

Do you know how your recruiter qualifies candidates? Many recruiters will “sell” the size of their database as the reason you should work with them.  I could care less how large of a candidate database they have – I want to know what their qualification process is.

Have you asked your recruiter how their firm performs the pre-screening and qualification process with their candidates?  Is your clinical recruitment agency able (and willing) to provide you with the steps they take to make sure only qualified candidates are presented to you?

If you haven’t asked them to describe their recruitment process, you need to do your homework.

I have had two recent scenarios that I am sure you can relate to.

The first scenario:  A recruiter recently sent a dozen resumes over to me within only a couple of hours of receiving my job order for a Contract CRA.  As I started reviewing these resumes, it was clear to me that more than half of the candidates didn’t meet my job requirements.  Had this recruiter really just dumped a bunch of resumes on me without going through any type of qualification process? What level of confidence should I have that the recruiter has actually even talked to any of these candidates?  And more importantly, what did this recruiter expect me to do with all of these resumes?  Why should I pay their fee if I am doing all the work?

The second scenario:  A different agency sent over a resume for the same job order and the candidate looked really good.  I requested to speak to the candidate and the recruiter told me he would call the candidate to check her availability to pick up a project.  What?  Hadn’t the recruiter pre-screened the candidate and confirmed her availability before sending her resume to me?

In both scenarios, not only was my time wasted, but these recruiters added to my workload.  And the worst part is that I still didn’t have a solid candidate to add to my team.  Your clinical recruiting firm should only submit fully qualified candidates who have confirmed their availability and interest in your projects.

Every time…every candidate.  Simply put, you should just have to pick from one of the submitted candidates and if it becomes more difficult than that, you should question the quality of your recruiting agency.

So do your homework; as a hiring manager it is imperative for you to know and understand your recruiting firm’s process on pre-screening and qualifying candidates.

Signing off,


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