Your job search has many components, and it may seem intimidating at first. But then you meet a recruiter you trust, you feel good about the position and the organization, and you’re moving smoothly through the interview process. Before you know it, you’re invited for a site visit.
This will give you a chance to meet the recruiter with whom you’ve been speaking and exchanging calls and emails, connect with potential colleagues, get a better feel for the position you might accept and tour the facility. You should leave your site visit with a good idea of if the opportunity is right for you.
To get the most of your site visit, here are three things you can do before you go:
Do your research
Take the time leading up to your visit to learn as much as you can about the practice and organization. Search their website, social media platforms, blogs, journals and materials to get all pertinent and relevant information about the health system and the facility at which you’re interviewing.
If the recruiter provided you an agenda, read up on the individuals with whom you’ll be meeting. If you don’t have a set agenda or names, you can ask the recruiter, or look up members of your prospective department. When meeting with these individuals, you might discuss their training, medical school and other experience. Be sure to keep the discussion to professional information and remember not to ask about any personal details.
Familiarize yourself with the area
You were invited on a site visit, which means there is serious interest in you as a candidate. If you are really intrigued by the organization and the opening for which you’re interviewing, there’s a chance you’ll be moving to the area. To ensure the position is right for you, research the community and make sure it also fits your lifestyle.
Look into crime statistics, cost of living, amenities, school districts if you have – or plan to have – children and other area resources. These can be large factors when deciding where to practice.
Consult the in-house recruiter
If you’ve been working with an in-house recruiter, think of them as a partner in your job search. You both want this to be the right fit, so you have the same goal in mind. If you have any questions or concerns before you meet them in person and tour the facility, ask ahead of time. They will be a great resource to help you prepare for the site visit and should provide answers to all your inquiries.
PracticeLink is here to help throughout your job search. For more guidance as you find your first or next practice, visit First Practice, a service of PracticeLink.