There’s lots to consider when integrating a new Associate into your practice, but first, you’ve got to find and hire the right person for the job!

Here you’ll find four steps to successfully hire a full-time Associate with DentAway.

#1 Create a clear and attractive job description

Before hiring any new member of staff, you need to be clear on the type of person you want to hire and decide on what your practice needs from a new Associate right now and in the future.

Your dental job listing should be as detailed as possible and answer any questions a potential candidate might have about the role. Our easy to use description box will allow you to provide candidates with specific details and expectations about the role, such as dental compliance, skills, the salary, responsibilities, and requirements; both essential and desirable. Use this to encourage candidates to apply by pitching your practice and detailing employee benefits.

You can even share your practice’s story on DentAway when you create an account – use this platform to define what values you carry as a team and shout about what makes your practice a great place to work!

#2 Teamwork makes the dream work

Get your team involved in the hire. Not only will this let the team know how important they are in decision-making for the practice, but by including the whole team in the recruitment process, you are ensuring that the results will serve the entire team, and that same team will be ready and able to support a new team player once they are onboard. It’s important that an Associate fits in well with the dental team as they will hold responsibilities across the entire practice.

DentAway’s team space has been built for your whole practice, and you can invite as many team members as you like. Want a second opinion on a dental candidate? Add your teammate as a ‘Viewer’ and discuss the options. Work together to make a successful hire happen.

You can manage all dental jobs, templates, candidates, invoices, and payments with your team by your side and with DentAway’s handy Team Calendar to keep you organised.

#3 Shortlist your candidates

When evaluating candidates, it is crucial that you have a reliable screening method when selecting the most qualified applicants as part of your recruitment process.

DentAway’s free to use Applicant Tracking System automatically creates a short-list of candidates who match your requirements, allowing you to easily keep track of applicants and save you time and money.

Use the ranking system to compare candidates and their resumes against your job description.

Investigate their online profile and check them for compliance and their qualifications. Even better, send them a quick message in our in-app chat channel, get to know them and observe their professionalism in real-time. This may help you decide whether you would like to take them forward to the interview stage. Either way, our instant messaging service could save you crucial minutes that can be spent elsewhere on the practice instead of booking time out for a telephone, virtual or face-to-face interview.

You can be sure that you will always receive job applications from dental professionals who are compliant with current regulations and who have the right experience in relation to the job description.

#4 Interviews

Once you’ve narrowed down your short list, it’s time to interview potential candidates. Use our in-app chat to organise interview dates directly with candidates.

It is crucial to interview prospective employees, preferably face-to-face, but Zoom will do for now, to get to know them, while evaluating them in terms of their commitment, skills, and knowledge. Use this time to ask questions and find out if the applicant is the right fit for the role of Associate.


DentAway means that you no longer have to spend time on the repetitive tasks and complex operations often associated with the recruitment process.

DentAway’s integrated hiring process is a simple and modern way to hire, and these simple and efficient steps mean that you can focus on what you do best – treating your patients.

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