This is an edited version of a story previously published on Dr. Bill.
If you want to make sure you’re really ready, consider writing down a list of exactly what you want to mention about your skills and the questions you have about the job. A lot of people think they shouldn’t bring these notes into the interview, but it’s only going to make you look prepared. Recruiters we spoke to said it’s not shunned upon.
It’s also a good idea to review the job posting, or any emails that were sent between you and the recruiter, before your interview. Try to get a good sense of what they’re looking for and then jot down a few things that make you a good fit for the job.
Keep in mind, it’s important to set the ground for what you want and not be shy to follow through with specific questions you might have. For example, you could create a list of questions that will help you understand exactly what your responsibilities in that specific role would be. That way, you can start to evaluate what your day-to-day would like look and if you could picture yourself working there. Remember that this is also your time to evaluate them. You may also want to use the opportunity to dive in and try to get a better understanding of the group culture.
Tell them about:
- Your hospital/clinic training and what interests you about their facility/the role
- Your leadership/teaching roles or any achievements you’re most proud of
- Your specialty and your philosophy of medicine.
Be ready to talk about:
- Parts of the job that you don’t like
- Working in teams, working alone and how you react to opinions that are different than yours
- A difficult time (such as a misdiagnosis, stressful situation, etc.)
Make sure to ask:
- Why they have an opening?
- What will your schedule look like? What is the volume of patients you can expect to see?
- What are the goals of the facility and how can your role help towards achieving them?
- If the position is in a group, association or department, what will you be responsible for? What workload is expected? What will the on-call responsibilities be?
- What is the decision-making process?
- Ask about compensation and what payment model you’ll be on, benefits, and contract start/end times.
One advice from previous Internal Medicine graduate Dr. Mino Mitri – it can be flattering to feel wanted and that sometimes the interview may go really well and it might sound very exciting. But remember that a lot of places need extra help, so things might sound better than they are. It’s always important to evaluate the position after the interview by listing the pros and cons of the job. Ask around to see what other doctors have to say about the job, or try contacting someone who works there to get their personal feedback. In his experience most people are honest and will be able to give you valuable information.
Interview Follow ups
When you leave the interview, always remember to ask when you can expect to hear from them again. Try sending a follow-up email right after the interview, thanking them for the opportunity and asking them to get in touch if they need anything else. This helps show an appreciation for their time and your interest with the role. If they’ve previously set a time (for example a few weeks) to get back to you, make sure you follow up a second time within that time frame.
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