Top Considerations When Hiring A New Dental Hygienist For Your Office

Updated on January 17, 2023
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If you manage a dental office, you know nothing is more important than the people on your team. Everyone needs to work together to make the office’s daily operations run smoothly. It is important to hire qualified professionals who can work quickly and efficiently. They must be licensed and willing to work. According to TempMee in Fort Lauderdale, there are a few other things you should take into consideration before hiring a dental hygienist.

Is Their Licence Up to Date?

One of the most important qualities to look for in a hygienist is the simplest. If they do not have an up-to-date license from the state you are in, they will not be able to do their job. Make sure their license will not expire soon after you hire them. This will save you time, frustration, and money. Although you may think a person would never be brazen enough to lie about having a professional license, there are some scammers out there. 

Can They Work Quickly and Efficiently?

It is very important that any temporary you hire can keep up with your workload. It is also very important that they work well with the other people in your office. They should be comfortable with your office hours and break schedules.

One of the best ways to make sure a hygienist is right for your office is to hire them temporarily. You can go through a dental temporary agency or use one of the new dental temporary apps. 

Almost all temporary agencies offer a temp-to-hire option. You will have a contract with them that can last several months. When the contract ends, you will be able to hire the hygienist. If you want to expedite the hiring process, you can normally pay a buy-out fee. Going through a temporary service can be expensive, so it is a good idea to shop around. 

There are dental apps that are an even better alternative to dental temporary agencies. They work just like a ride-sharing service. All you have to do is fill out a profile for your company, and start posting jobs. Qualified dental professionals in your area will get an alert when you do this.

 If someone accepts a job, you will see their profile come up, and you will approve or deny them. You will pay them at the end of their shift through an app.

This is one of the easiest ways to get temporaries to your office. If you want to hire them, you can do so without a buyout fee or with a far less expensive fee than you would be charged if you went through a temporary agency. 

Do They Have The Training Necessary To Work In Your Office?

It is best to hire a dental hygienist trained to use all of the equipment in your office. Dental technology is ever-improving, so dental professionals must continue their education throughout their careers. 

When a potential hygienist comes into your office for an interview, you should test their knowledge. Ask them specific questions about the equipment on which they will be working.

Check Their References

Employers will too often go with their gut instincts when hiring a candidate and decide that they like a person without checking their references first. This is often a big mistake. You should always call a person’s previous employers and ask them a few key questions:

  • Why did the applicant’s employment end? 
  • What roles did the applicant have when they worked there, and how long did they hold each position?
  • Was the applicant ever promoted?
  • Are they eligible for rehire?
  • What were the applicant’s greatest accomplishments at work?
  • What was your working relationship with the applicant?

If the dental professional has come to you through a temporary agency, it is still important to check references before you actually hire them. Temporary agencies are busy places, and recruiters do not always have time to thoroughly check references even if they are supposed to.

It is also important to hire stable employees. Make sure to verify job dates and ask about any gaps in employment. You do not want to hire someone only to have them quit six months later.

Having a new person in your office should be fun and educational. A qualified and experienced dental professional may be able to teach you and your employees a few new things about how to get the job done. 

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