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Improve Your Radiology Staffing Strategy With These 3 Hiring Tips

Ask any recruiter, and they’ll probably tell you that hiring radiology professionals can be complex, as radiology is a highly specialized medical profession.

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), radiologists are medical doctors who focus on the diagnostic end of matters. However, these medical professionals are vital to your practice or health organization since they provide answers to crucial questions regarding your patients’ underlying conditions.

If you are searching for the right radiology professional, you’ll first need to determine the best radiology staffing strategy. Here are four proven tips to help you and your team ensure success in hiring for any key radiology staff position.

1. Know the Value of Radiologists in Your Market

Radiology professionals tend to know their market value. They’ve gone to undergraduate and medical school and have carried out internships and residencies, just like any other medical doctor. They’ve also learned how to conduct, read, and analyze X-rays, MRIs, and other imaging data. Since they’ve earned their place in their field, they will likely expect a certain pay range.

In 2020, Health Imaging reported the average salary for radiologists remains high at an annual compensation of $485,460. Work with your accounting team to determine your radiology staff hiring budget to make sure you can extend the best offers to the top candidates.


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2. Be Specific in Your Radiologist Job Description

To attract the best candidates for your radiology positions, you’ll need to include the right skills and requirements in your radiologist job description – as well as the right keywords to ensure your ad is found by job seekers in search engine results.  

Here are a few duties and responsibilities you might include:

  • Evaluate patients’ medical histories.
  • Perform diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Conduct minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as ablation, angioplasty, and embolization, with the aid of image guidance.
  • Administer trace amounts of radioactive substances to achieve desired results in imaging by creating and enhancing diagnostic images
  • Analyze and interpret X-ray, MRI, and other testing results.
  • Develop radiation treatment plans for patients with cancer based on the severity of their condition and what their body can manage.
  • Consult with colleagues, including other radiologists, primary physicians, and specialists.

Make sure to clarify the radiology specialization for which your candidate is applying, such as breast imaging, interventional imaging, cardiac imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, and pediatric imaging. Further, follow best practices for creating compelling job descriptions to inspire radiologist job seekers to learn more about your open positions.


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3. Ask the Right Interview Questions

Asking the right radiologist interview questions will help you narrow down your candidate pool and find your new hire faster. However, make sure to ask the same questions of each applicant to provide a level playing field. Sample interview questions for top radiology candidates (and the insights their answers will provide) include:

  • Why did you leave, or why are you leaving, your last radiology position? The answer to this question gives you insights into the candidate’s motivations, letting you know whether they are in it for short-term gains or a long-term relationship with your organization.
  • What types of imaging equipment have you used in previous positions? The answer to this question lets you know whether you need to provide additional training or if they are already familiar and ready to use your equipment.
  • How would your past or current colleagues and patients describe their professional relationship with you? A radiologist doesn’t operate in a solo capacity. Radiologists must have good interpersonal and communication skills in addition to top technical and medical capabilities.

These are only a few interview questions you can ask to uncover essential information about your candidate’s hard and soft skills and form an idea of how you envision their performance with your health organization. Remember, the interview works both ways because it also gives the candidate a chance to determine whether they are a good fit for the job and your practice.


Now that you have a few ideas for improving your radiology staffing strategy, get started finding your next radiologist on iHireRadiology.

By iHire | May 21, 2021