Hiring Managers…We’ve Got Two Words for You: Interim Talent

It’s still a candidate-driven job market which means candidates have the upper hand.  If you’re a senior living hiring manager, filling a key role is very stressful. You’re under tremendous pressure to find the right senior care executive candidate in this crazy job market. More than ever, top talent is willing to jump ship. They’ll leave for organizations offering better bonuses, higher salaries and a plethora of benefits including additional PTO and flexible schedules, etc.


How do you work within these parameters? Should you hire quickly and risk a mismatch ending in a costly mistake? As senior living recruiters, we don’t recommend it. But how can you give yourself more time for a thoughtful hiring decision and relieve some of the pressure? Two words: Interim Talent!


Considering the job market volatility, interim coverage may be more important than ever. Here are 6 benefits of using interim senior care executive talent:


Experience. Interim professionals are seasoned and experienced senior living professionals. Many have over 20 years of experience in the industry and are capable and equipped to handle the workload.


Reliable.  You can count on interim professionals to be ready and available when you need them. The best interim staffing firms will present vetted interims who have the certifications and qualifications needed for your specific job opening.


Cost-Effective. Commissioning interim talent makes financial sense. Interim coverage can prevent you from making a hiring mistake during this mad dash for talent. Hiring mistakes can be very costly. Interim coverage also helps you to avoid making a long-term financial commitment. You decide how long you need them.


Resource. Interim talent is a great resource for new skills and expertise. Organizations may take on a new project or service that requires skills you and your team are missing. Plus, interim solutions can be applied on a project-to-project basis. You decide the start and end dates.


Stability. During a transitional period or changes within your organization, interim talent can offer stability. For example, an unexpected executive’s departure can prove to be disastrous and may create a ripple effect throughout your organization. Bringing aboard an Interim executive can minimize any business disruption and reassure employees.


Connection. Research has shown that interim executives are able to connect with the current staff effectively. They fit in seamlessly and hit the ground running. They have excellent social skills and can positively impact your current staff.


Filling a key role in senior living during this job market is undoubtedly stressful. Interim talent can help alleviate some of that stress and enable hiring managers to make the best long-term decisions.


Contact MedBest for Interim Talent Solutions at info@medbest.com / 727-526-1294.



Interim Solutions & Leadership Development Trainer

Katie Piperata, NHA, MBA, CPC, leads MedBest’s Interim Solutions Division. As a seasoned executive in senior living, she understands the industry and has mastered the art of developing and matching top interim leaders with Senior Living organizations in need of short-term coverage.


One of the attributes which has allowed Katie to help turn MedBest into such a successful recruiting firm, is that she has an extensive background in the Senior Living industry. Katie has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and an Executive Director of a five-star rated long-term care facility where she was repeatedly recognized for her achievements. Katie has also formalized procedures that have advanced MedBest within the health care recruiting world.


Katie is certified in the DISC/Motivators Success Insight Practitioner Program, a world-renowned program that qualifies her to interpret behavioral assessments that help clients avoid the pitfalls of an unsuccessful hire. Along with that credential, Katie has been recognized by the National Association of Personnel Services as being an expert in employment laws and how they relate to the day-to-day functioning of the search and staffing professional.


Katie founded KPV & Associates which focuses on workforce development in senior living communities across the country. Her goal is to provide alternative solutions to retain and manufacture better leaders; Move Forward is a program that improves leadership competencies for new and seasoned directors.


Because of her Senior Living expertise, Katie sits on the Board of Directors at Florida Presbyterian Homes, a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lakeland, Florida. In addition, she has been a two-time presenter at Florida Healthcare Association’s annual conference and exhibit.


In the past fourteen years, Katie has placed hundreds of people throughout the US in Retirement Communities, Health Care Centers and Assisted Living Facilities.  Her most recent focus is building an interim Division at Medbest to support the changing labor needs within the senior living sector.


Katie’s life work continues to ensure the aging population receives the respect and quality of care they’ve earned. She continues to cultivate her career through education and carries an MBA from the University of Tampa and a Gerontology degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is a trailblazing advocate for quality senior care.



MedBest is an award-winning national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry. For more than two decades, we have connected senior living organizations with exceptional senior living executive talent for both permanent and interim roles.


MedBest was named as one of American’s top companies by Inc.5000 plus we are a Tampa Fast 50 Company!  Contact us today at info@medbest.com / 727-526-1294.

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