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 57 the I nterv I ew issue thoughtful questions, and asking them will help you uncover important details about the job you're applying for. "Ask genuine questions. Don't just ask for the sake of asking something. Show that you have some familiarity and you've done your homework," recommends Zehle. "Ask about a unique component or something specific about the program. Avoid topics such as compensation, call schedules or salary." While the latter may be valid questions, it's best to save those for your recruiter or raise them later in the process. Write your questions down and feel free to bring your list with you. "Pulling out your list of questions at the interview is fine," says Potts. "It shows engagement— that you're taking the experience seriously." ID ent IFY A M ent O r The abundance of information you'll take in during an interview would be overwhelming to anyone. It's helpful to have a close friend or family member you can talk with about your impressions, and it's equally important to have a seasoned medical professional who is willing to help guide you. "Find a mentor with more experience than you. You need someone neutral to the process to guide you, a trusted friend or colleague," says Termuhlen, adding that you can also reach out to someone who has the type of job you'd like to end up in. "Even if you don't know them, you can introduce yourself and explain that this is the type of job you're hoping to have someday," she explains. "Most professionals would be receptive to this." Step 4: Prepare to make a good impression Your credentials may have gotten you in the door for an interview, but once you arrive, your presentation and social skills will determine whether or not you get the thumbs up. Take some time to assess your strengths and weaknesses. DO A P r AC t IC e I nterv I ew Whether you're just starting off or relocating after 10 years of clinical work, it's always smart to take a critical look at your interviewing habits. One of the best ways to do that is to watch yourself on tape. "Mock interviews are invaluable for spotting things you may not realize, such as non-verbal communication or nervous habits," says Zehle. Ask your alma mater's career center if they offer mock interview sessions or, she suggests, "Just have a rudimentary session where a friend asks you some questions and you video your responses on your iPhone." As you watch your performance, you may discover areas for improvement. For example, you might notice you tend to ramble or don't maintain eye contact. "Try to address any weak areas so that you portray confidence and carry yourself well at the interview," Zehle suggests. "Practice your weaknesses." And don't forget to notice your positive traits. If you greeted your interviewer with a warm smile or firm handshake during your practice interview, make sure to do the same when it's the real deal. P re PA re YOU r w A r D r OB e You are likely to have a few different meeti ngs on you r schedu le — everything from a breakfast meet- and-greet to a facility tour to a meeting with prominent department members. Dressing appropriately for each is part of making a good impression. "Every interaction will count," says Potts. "You should be able to appear relaxed at each kind of gathering." For the interview itself, you can't go wrong with a suit: a dress shirt, slacks or a skirt, matching jacket, a tie if appropriate. Choose subtle or neutral colors. For other events — A candidate who shares a memorable story or personal experience will leave a stronger impression.

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