PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 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 UMMER 2019 55 the I nterv I ew issue publicized professional accomplishment is fine, but asking about his or her eldest child who just went to college could be off-putting. You shou ld a lso tr y to lea rn na me pronunciations ahead of time. If a name seems especially cryptic, ask your recruiter for help or call the physician's office to hear the receptionist's pronunciation. FI n D OU t w HA t t H e A re A OFF er S Whether you are flying to an unfamiliar destination or driving to a nearby city, designate some free time to explore the area. It's not just the job that needs to be right for you and your family. The area should be a good fit, too. Don't assume an employer will work this time into your schedule. If you have a full itinerary, consider staying an extra night or ask if your meetings can be spread out so you can explore. "Asking that can be looked highly upon," says Potts. "It shows that the applicant has a clear idea of what they need and a level of commitment. Also, being able to voice your own concerns is good for your future role." Before you go, identify what neighborhoods, schools, religious establishments, recreational areas and other sites you'd like to visit. Set up any appointments, such as a meeting with a realtor or a colleague, ahead of time. Step 3: Prepare what you want to say and ask The question-and-answer session makes up the bulk of any interview, and it's also one of the easiest portions to prepare for. Don't assume you can figure out what you'll say on the spot. You'll thank yourself later if you sort out your thoughts beforehand. re H e A r S e YOU r A n S wer S Practicing your answers to interview questions can instill a sense of confidence and ensure that you communicate key points effectively. There are plenty of resources available with lists of typical questions — both those geared to general job seekers and those specific to physicians. Your alma mater's career center is a good place to look for one of these lists, and you can also search online for similar resources. As you read through questions, try to formulate you r responses. Ta ke into account the unique aspects of your own career and areas of interest, then think about weaving these details into your conversation. A candidate who shares a memorable story or personal experience will leave a stronger impression. "Find out what parts of this job line up with your priorities. [Prepare to] mention those things in the interview. Also bring up past experiences that line up with these items," Potts suggests. In addition to preparing for standard questions, remember that your interviewers will likely want to discuss your background and application materials. Review all the information you've provided and refresh your memory of the dates, names and details. "Avoid putting anything down on paper that you aren't ready to speak eloquently about," says Christa Zehle, M.D., interim senior associate dean for medical education and associate dean for students at the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. "For example, if you say you've done research, be able to provide more information." C re A te YOU r LIS t OF QU e S t IO n S The interview isn't just about your answers. You should also bring questions of your own. Employers look highly on candidates who pose Once you develop a list of your family's priorities, combine it with your own and use both lists to drive your job search.

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