PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2019 59 features THE J OB S EA r CH i SSUE ▲ ▲ ▲ What to ASK during your interview DEBBIE SWANSON T he R e' S A lo T T o D o W he N Y ou' R e PR e PARIN g for an interview: research the employer, think about what you might be asked, formulate your answers and even rehearse your responses. Don't overlook the equally important task of preparing questions of your own. Asking the right questions shows that you're a prepared, educated candidate. It also ensures you'll have the information you need to evaluate the opportunity and steer your career in the right direction. So, you might wonder, what exactly are you supposed to ask? The following guidelines will help you identify what matters to you and prepare your list. Write your questions down, prioritize them, and then on the big day, tuck the list into your pocket for a quick once-over before you head inside. Why is this job open? An interview is usually a good sign that an employer is doing well enough financially to take on more staff, but that's not always the case. "[Ask] why the practice is hiring. This can give you an idea of the health of the group," recommends Eric Rey Amador, M.D., business manager at Anesthesia Medical Group of Santa Barbara in California. Your recruiter should be able to provide some insight prior to the interview, but it's smart to ask in person as well. According to Amador, you want to hear positive indicators, such as "economic growth, retirement of a physician, the addition of a new line of services." Few companies will directly voice negative issues, so you'll have to listen for clues: employee turnover, a The interview is a time for you to get to know the employer as much as it is for the employer to get to know you. Here's how to do it.

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