Physician Interview Tips.
If you got a phone call from an employer, would you be ready for the interview? Most physicians in fact are more than qualified for the job they apply for, but struggle with the interview process. Based on several years of recruiting experience, I’ve identified a few practical tips to guide you through the physician interviewing process.
The first thing to realize is that an interview is a two-way conversation. While the employer has the upper hand in many ways, you both are trying to make a positive impression in hopes of finding a good match. As a result, you should not go into an interview feeling as if you’re being put under a microscope.
It’s important to have a grasp on appropriate interview etiquette. Keep in mind the more prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to be unique compared to the competition.
Being Prepared is important for a successful interview. Here are some interview tips to ensure you are better prepared and have a smooth interview process to land the job you wanted.
Interview Preparation Tips
Homework homework. Research the hospital or clinic you’re interviewing for and understand how you will be an asset to that facility. Be able to communicate that. Not only will this allow you to ask well-educated questions during the interview, but knowing the general facts about the position allows the interviewer to cover more specific areas of interest.
Practice makes perfect. Practice interviewing with a friend, colleague, or associate if possible. Record and listen to yourself before interviewing to eliminate stumbling and partial words like â€œumâ€™s and ohâ€™sâ€. The confidence and communication skills acquired in the process are worth it
Be Professional. You don’t have a second chance to make a first impression. A conservative suit, and have a neat with a well-groomed appearance. Make sure that your clothing is clean, pressed, and presentable. Try to develop a rapport with the interviewer. Maintain eye contact and a positive body language. Don’t interrupt the interviewer and listen to them very closely to everything they ask. Always address whomever is interviewing you as Dr./Mr./Mrs. unless they tell you otherwise.
Be Punctual. It is never appropriate to be late for an interview. Before you visit the hospital or clinic, make sure that you can be there on time. Don’t be no more than 10 minutes early for the interview.
Bring a clear copy of your CV, along with names, addresses and phone numbers of your references. Have your CV nearby as a reference; chances are your interviewer has it in front of them and will be asking questions about it.Additionally, jot down a list of your strengths and weaknesses; employers love to ask these slightly predictable questions. Use that to your advantage and be ready with solid answers.
Donâ€™t discuss salary. It is very important to remember that you should not ask about salary during your first interview. If asked what kind of offer you are looking for, your response should be, â€œI will consider your strongest offer.â€ This prevents you from giving a figure that’s too high or too low, which could take you out of the running because they canâ€™t afford you â€“ or generate an offer less than desired. If and when they offer you the position, you can negotiate the offer and discuss your salary.
Close the deal. Your goal in any interview is to get an offer. If you like what you see, donâ€™t leave the interview without letting the interviewer know you are really interested in the position.
Write a thank you note. After the interview, take the time to send a handwritten note. It should be brief and tell them you enjoyed your meeting. Express interest in the position and in hearing from them soon.
When it comes to interviews, practice makes perfect. You may be a smart, hardworking candidate, but you are competing against equally intelligent, motivated candidates. Relying completely on your credentials is not sufficient. Understand the interviewing process and practicing the tips in this guide, you will have a better chance for success in your quest for your new job.
Keep in mind that interviewers are as eager to find a good match as you are. Before you sit down to an interview, take a deep breath and focus your attention on all of those things that make you a good candidate. When you’re feeling confident internally, you’ll portray yourself as someone worth getting to know.