As an HR professional or hiring manager you understand the key to making better hires throughout the year is to have a robust recruiting pipeline. But how do you network with candidates when you don’t have open positions? One key strategy is to work on your referrals throughout the year to keep the candidate pipeline flowing, so you have resources to connect with when a need arises. Here are some best practices when it comes to collecting referrals.

Just Ask

Your employees can’t know your welcome referrals if you don’t let them know. Be sure to ask your team to provide healthcare references whenever they think of someone. Make it an easy process for your employees to present or submit a potential candidate to your referral problem. And don’t forget to remind them regularly.

Reward Employees

Your referral program should also have a reward component. The most common rewards for referrals are a cash bonus. Some organizations provide these at the time of hire. Others tie it into the success of the candidate. Your employee may get a small referral bonus when the new employee starts. Then, they can get a more substantial employee bonus after a month or 90 days.

Be Grateful

While money goes a long way to show your employees you’re thankful for their participation, don’t forget actually to be grateful. When you are thoughtful in your employee interactions, they will be more thoughtful when relating to you. As your employees see your gratitude for their participation in your referral program, they are more likely to participate again.


Don’t forget that networking is still an essential part of finding great candidates in the healthcare field. It can be a good idea to ask for referrals not just from your team but outside your immediate network as well. When you’re looking for candidates, talk to everyone about it. You never know who can make the best referral at the right time.

Return the Favor

Throughout this process, don’t forget to return the favor. Not every referral will work out to be a good match for your current needs. If you can, make a connection elsewhere in your network. This gives you a chance to continue to expand your network and not burn any bridges. You never know when one of these connections could pan out again in the future.

Do you want to grow your candidate pipeline for 2020?

Contact Fortus Healthcare Resources to see how we can help you.

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