We composed our best physician interview tips below. Check out our blog for more tips and suggestions.
BEFORE YOUR JOB INTERVIEW
- Learn all you can about the opportunity you are meeting with so that your questions are sophisticated and knowledgeable during the interview. Being well-informed shows your interest.
- Practice and prepare. Practice answering interview questions with your friends, and take some time to sincerely think about what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be prepared to highlight the positives about your practice history, including any awards or recognitions, or any particular procedure where you excel.
DURING YOUR INTERVIEW
- Be professional. Whether you are interviewing in Manhattan, New York, or a small, rural town, a conservative suit is always appropriate and shows how serious you are about the position. Having a neat and well-groomed appearance is always suitable. Body language is also important – maintain eye contact, be a good listener, and always be positive!
- Prepare papers for your interview, including copies of your CV, references, and reference letters. Carry your papers in a nice portfolio; include a pen and paper for note taking. Collect business cards of every person you meet.
- Bring your significant other. Whoever is part of the decision-making process in your household should accompany you on your trip. Be aware of his/her needs to be just as sold on the position as you are.
- Salary should not be discussed during the first interview. The goal of your first interview is to be so impressive and so desirable that you leave the interviewers thinking, “We absolutely need that physician and will stop at nothing to hire him!”
- Get an offer. Your goal should be to leave with a job offer in your hand, or the promise of obtaining one. If you sincerely like the position, make sure to let the interviewer know how interested you are.
- Know the next step. Make sure you understand the next steps in the hiring process and know when and from whom you should expect to hear from next. Also know what action, if any, you are expected to take next.
- And most important: BE THANKFUL. If you enjoyed your visit, please express your gratitude! Even if you decide the position is not for you, please remain respectful and thankful of everyone’s time.
AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW
- Make notes right away so you don’t forget critical details.
- Listen to your “gut feeling.” Salary and numbers aside, how do you feel about the position? The community? Your colleagues?
- If you are working with a recruiter,call right away to share your thoughts and concerns. A good recruiter can help address any worries you may have.
- Thank You note. Send a handwritten note to each person you met with; the business cards you collected during the interview should make this task easy.
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