Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a Magnet designated non-profit, 1,541-bed tertiary medical center receiving national and international referrals. Yale New Haven Hospital includes Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.
How to Get Hired
We asked Yale-New Haven Hospital for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
From entry-level to executive positions, we approach talent acquisition in a way that is consistent with our mission, vision and values. We seek employees who will take initiative and demonstrate teamwork, integrity, accountability and a genuine compassion and respect for our patients and for co-workers, and all other hospital employees. Most importantly, we seek evidence from past work experience that each person we are considering as a new member of our YNHH team shares our service excellence values and our “I Am Yale-New Haven” motto. This means they must be willing and able to: Create a great first impression at all times Protect the privacy of our patients Value diversity and treat all people with respect Communicate with compassion and courtesy Maintain a safe, quiet and clean environment Take action when things go wrong.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
One of the unique challenges to our recruitment process is balancing high volumes of applicants for some roles, while being strategic to attract those in more unique and “tougher to fill” positions. Once we find a qualified applicant, we begin a comprehensive hiring process to determine if the candidate has the greatest chance of success by using behavioral interviewing, our enhanced reference-checking tool Skill Survey, behavioral assessment tools and job shadowing. One of our strengths through various strategies is the ability to attract committed and loyal employees who will pour their hearts into their work and have a keen understanding of patient focus. One of the most effective strategies for finding the best employees is to ask people who already work here. We provide an incentive of $1,500 to $3,000 to employees who refer candidates who are hired into selected, difficult-to-recruit specialty positions, including nurses, physical therapists and respiratory therapists.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
While the demand for healthcare increases, hospitals are strategizing new ways to address the growing demand to fill important nursing and allied health positions. YNHH is meeting this challenge head-on with a number of creative recruiting strategies. Experienced nurses and pharmacists are always an area of focus for our organization.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
We emphasize our commitment to diversity, fair and equitable hiring practices, opportunities for career advancement, competitive compensation and benefits, and an employee referral program. We also use our resources to promote our vision, mission and values to potential employees. Proven methods of attracting new talent have been to pour all of these ingredients into our web and print advertising, information sessions, on-site and off-site job fairs and open houses, direct-mail campaigns, targeted radio ads and media plans. We seek out potential nurse and allied health applicants when we visit local, regional and national colleges and universities. We specifically partner with various schools to recruit successful candidates. Each year we host a “college weekend,” inviting students from these colleges to New Haven for a full schedule of tours, programs and interaction with hospital staff.