Before the interview:
- Prepare and forward your CV with a cover letter. You should also prepare your references and confirm their availability to speak with prospective employers.
- Prepare a list of questions beforehand so that you can focus on the responses to your questions, and not be distracted thinking of the next question you’ll ask.
- Tell me about the tenure and experience of the physicians in this practice.
- How does your practice or organization support the community?
- What is the volume of the practice and what is the patient mix?
- What are your goals for the practice/facility in the next 3, 5, 10 years?
- Research the opportunity and community as much as possible, contact local specialty organizations and healthcare professionals. Gather information on:
- Reputation of the practice, including such information as malpractice suits, harmony and rapport within the group, and practice ethics
- Number of specialists in the community
- Entry-level salaries
- Physician/patient ratio in the area
- Physicians in the community
- Local medical associations and societies
- Area hospitals
Take the following things with you to the interview/ Prepare for the interview
- Bring additional copies of your CV and professional references, a copy of your interview itinerary, a pen and notepad. This will keep the interview process moving smoothly in the event one of the people you meet does not have these documents. This will also give a favorable impression of you as a thorough individual.
- If you are interviewing in a distant location, plan to spend several days there.
- The night before your interview, drive to the location to know how much time to allow and where to park
- arrange to tour the practice/hospital
- meet the staff and partners, and even spend an evening with them if possible
- allow time to meet with a real estate agent and visit the local chamber of commerce
- Take pictures or a video to help you recall the impressions of the community.
- Visit the local supermarkets, police departments, churches and schools to find out for firsthand what the community is really like.
- First impressions are very important. Take some time on your personal grooming and appearance to project a professional image. Dress for success.
- Make positive first impression by arriving promptly and be sure you are on time to all of your meetings.
- Your body language during the interview is also important:
- Maintain a good, confident attitude, keeping eye contact with everyone you meet
- Don’t forget to smile; it’s infectious.
- Sit up straight with your hands in a comfortable position
- Modulate your voice and keep a positive attitude.
- Allow the interviewer to control the flow of the conversation, but do not hesitate to ask questions when appropriate. Be sure to answer all questions in full sentences, and limit your responses to 2-3 minutes.
- Re-verify all the information you have about the opportunity to insure you fully understand the entire situation.
- Be prepared to discuss your current and past practices. Avoid any negative comments regarding current or past associates. In your explanations, be succinct and concise.
- Be prepared to ask your prepared questions when the appropriate time arrives allowing the interviewer time to answer
- You will probably be asked about your salary expectations. DON’T give a number when asked; instead confidently state that you are extremely interested in the opportunity and look forward to evaluating their strongest offer.
- When interview comes to a close, you will want to reiterate your interest in the opportunity, verify that you are still a candidate and briefly discuss the next steps in the selection process.
- As you exit the interview, with a firm handshake, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration and information them you look forward to hearing from them.
After the interview
Follow up promptly by sending a letter to each person with whom you interviewed.
- Include the reasons you believe you are qualified and thank them for their time and interest in you.