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What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

By: Christopher M. MacIntyre

August, 2016

If you’ve read our last blog on here, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the values and ethos we have as a firm. 

We’re proud of the fact that we approach the healthcare recruiting process in a way that marks us out.  We are a close-knit group that has a very clear vision of how we want our firm to be perceived in the market place.  It’s a work in progress, but every single day we make choices and decisions that are based on simple guiding principles.  And it’s how we search out our candidates as well.  We are very much aware that the people we represent are a reflection of our firm, and the most important component of our reputation.

So when you, the candidate, come to us, we look for a number of qualities in you.


We firmly believe that this is the single most important quality you will possess.  As we will be honest with you, we expect you to behave in a similar fashion with us.  You will likely have a strong understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, and be able to admit to past failures or things you could have done better, as well as talk about the triumphs.  You will have a keen sense of loyalty that will encompass both past and present employers, refusing to denigrate those you have worked with.


Although this goes without saying, we want to know that you possess the ability to set goals, see tasks through and generally demonstrate competence at all times in the work you do and have done.  We want to know that you have real confidence in your abilities to not only perform mandated tasks, but also persuade an employer that you can go above and beyond.  Adding real value to an organization is a very compelling personal selling point.

Team Player

If you can impart the sense that you are a team player to us, then this again will go a long way to positioning yourself well with any future employer.  In general, people want to feel at ease with others they will be working closely with, and if they get a sense of your personality as cooperative and willing to do the hard yards, this again is a very attractive characteristic to potential employers.


As referenced above, a strong sense of inner-confidence in your approach to the work you do is important.  Sometimes there will be adverse moments in highly-demanding jobs.  Your ability to approach a crisis with a calm, “can-do” demeanor breeds a sense of belief in people that you are someone that can be relied upon in any situation.

If we can determine that you possess positive qualities that overall make up a strong, likable character, we will have total confidence in putting you forward and promoting you for high-level positions.  Because we will feel safe in the knowledge that a prospective employer will also discern these qualities in you during the interview process.

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

Healthcare Recruiting

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

When I formed Talent Achievement Group, a healthcare recruiting firm, back in 2014, I had a very clear vision of how I wanted to try and bring change to the recruitment industry. Recruiters have earned a bad name through many practices that are, shall we say, less than honorable, such as falsifying resumes and misrepresenting relationships. I know. I’ve worked for companies that believed this was typical, and accepted, behavior!

But like any industry, there are good and bad. I decided I wanted to build a healthcare recruiting practice that from day one held to rigorous ethical standards, with a total absence of these widespread deceptive practices, while turning the whole process into a real partnership between you, the candidate, TAG and your prospective employer.

By and large, recruiters aren’t doing you a favor, nor are you doing the recruiter a favor. The bottom line is that if you have an impressive background, you get to pick your recruiter. As recruiters, we are fully aware that we are not the only option. If we think we can place you, then there will be others that will think the same.

Therefore, the onus is on us at TAG to do all we can to help, advise and honestly promote your talents to whom we consider the right organizations for your particular skill-set. We see little point in trying to force round pegs in to square holes. It is a waste of your valuable time and ours. We are meticulous in attempting to put our candidates in a work environment that is the right professional and cultural fit for them.

The relationship you have with your healthcare recruiting firm is of paramount importance. It should be a relationship that is first and foremost based on trust, mutual respect, but also a liberal dose of gut instinct. If you “click” with someone and feel there is a real connection there, don’t ignore it.

What candidates often forget is that there is actually a myriad of services that good recruiters effectively provide for free. By our reckoning, close to 90% of our work is effectively “pro bono” – everything from resume writing and re-writing, personal branding, social marketing advice, interview practice, career and personal guidance, and of course a ready shoulder to cry on. The list is pretty endless. The flip side of this is that we also spend a lot of our time on getting to know our client organizations. For us to help them and place good people with them, it is imperative that we understand the ethos and culture of their company.

One of the more rewarding things we’re now experiencing at TAG is receiving new client and candidate calls coming to us on personal recommendations from our existing clients and candidates. As a recruiter, this is the ultimate validation and says to us that we must be doing something right!

I want to return briefly to the subject of trust. It is the single most important aspect in the recruiter/candidate relationship. We will spend time getting to know you by asking a lot of questions. We will expect you to ask us a lot of questions in return! One of the guiding principles that my company was founded on is that we wanted to establish long-term relationships with our candidates and clients. In effect, to provide you with elements of career counseling, should you need that advice.   We’re not here just for a “one and done” placement, we are genuinely interested in your long-term career path, your vision for where you want to be, not just in the near-term, but well in to the future.

Finally, I want to emphasize that there is a reason I named my company Talent Achievement Group; we rely on your talent. Without that, we have nothing to work with. But we wholeheartedly believe that with our years of experience, we can help you maximize that talent, placing you in better positions with better organizations and help you find not just a rewarding job but build a fulfilling career.



Simple Guidelines for Applying for Jobs – AND Getting Noticed

Simple Guidelines for Applying for Jobs – AND Getting Noticed

Applying for jobs

Simple Guidelines for Applying for Jobs – AND Getting Noticed

Simple Guidelines for Applying for Jobs – AND Getting Noticed

Our team at TAG has been at this for awhile, and we believe we have found some straightforward methods to make you stand out from the crowd whether using a recruiter or not.


When you are applying for jobs, keep track of the companies you have applied for, or the ones your recruiter has presented you for.  If you’re not working with a recruiter, you should follow up on your application with a phone call, message and email, spread out weekly.  I’ve not always hired based solely on qualifications, but frequently it matters how much you WANT the job.  If working with a recruiter, it is incumbent upon you to STAY IN TOUCH.  You are trying to get one job, but recruiters are trying to fill several, and there are only so many hours in the day.  We like it when you are proactive, sending us notes, reminders, references…this way you stay on our radar, and you give us more ammunition to present as your ADVOCATE.  Don’t take it personally if you don’t hear from us, just pop us an email with an update on how things are going, who else you may have applied with, etc.  It is important that you know, once you have applied for a job directly, we can do NOTHING on your behalf with that company.  Check with us first, we’ll tell you straight up if we believe we can get you in, or if you need to apply directly.

Be Responsive

The sands are ever-shifting, jobs appear and disappear, priorities change with our clients.  This is a fast-paced business, demanding a commitment of hard work, tireless hours and constant rejection.  If you are working with a recruiter when applying for jobs, timeliness of communication is critical.

The Resume

A critical document in the process and one that we don’t have room to cover in-depth here.  This month we’ll be posting a blog that pulls together the combined wisdom and feedback that we have accumulated over the years, so keep an eye out for that.

The Interview

If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, you must take advantage of it.  Ask intelligent, well-thought-out questions based on your research on the company and facility, but do not interview the Hiring Authority.  Be positive, upbeat, friendly –have a personality, be you!  Do not complain about your last job/boss/company…if you do, they will expect you to be the same way there if they hire you…which they won’t.  Be truthful and straightforward, the truth always comes out, and they will respect your integrity.  Do not volunteer anything not directly pertinent to your ability to do this job proficiently, and if working with a recruiter, do not tell them what you would need to make if offered –that’s our job.  Tell them what you make/made in the prior job, but seek your recruiters’guidance on how to handle this question.  Different companies looking to hire have different expectations –we will know what they are, and guide you appropriately.

As always, we’re available to answer any questions you might have by phone or email.  Successful hunting!