Master of Science in Dentistry
Dr. Bhavna Shroff
Dr. Steven Lindauer
Dr. Caroline Carrico
COMPARISON OF HIRING STRATEGIES OF ORTHODONTIC PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS
By Steven C. Petritz, D.D.S.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
Thesis Director: Bhavna Shroff, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., M.P.A.
Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Orthodontics Program Director
Purpose: Evaluate factors that influence hiring outcomes of clinical and non-clinical staff in orthodontic private practices.
Methods: Orthodontists (n=1968) were surveyed regarding their hiring methods and outcomes. Responses were summarized using descriptive statistics. Chi-square tests were used to compare between hiring strategies and outcomes.
Results: Survey response rate was 23% (n = 452 responses). 65% received 1-10 applicants and 54% utilized online job sites. Online job sites was associated with increased number of applicants (p<0.0001) and number of days to fill the position (p<0.0001). Forty-seven percent of respondents used the internet to screen candidates. Sixty-two percent of respondents hired based on personality. Fifty-seven percent of respondents plan to use employee referrals for future hiring needs.
Conclusion: Online job sites accounted for the majority of the most recent hires. Orthodontists indicated that their future preference to be employee referrals. Social and professional relationships may lead to a more efficient hiring process.
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