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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58 S UMMER 2019 features such as a tour or meal — avoid a last-minute scramble by asking about the dress code in advance. If you're unsure, ask your recruiter or contact the restaurant directly. Don't forget to take weather into account. If you'll be going in and out of a car or doing extensive walking, dress for the elements and have something in which to carry your paperwork and personal items. Even with a less-formal gathering, don't stray too far from professional boundaries. This isn't the time to be flamboyant. You want people to remember your skills and personality, not what you were wearing. "Use common sense," says Potts. "Look relaxed, but don't go overboard." W hat you wea r contributes to you r confidence, so don't take shortcuts. Select comfortable clothing that boosts your self- esteem. Avoid anything that might preoccupy you, such as a stained shirt or slacks that don't fall right. You've worked too hard to get to this point to let your clothing steal your focus. COLL e C t YOU r MA ter IALS Most of your paperwork will be taken care of by the time you sit down for the interview, but it doesn't hurt to carry extras with you just in case. Use some type of portfolio case to carry a spare copy of your CV, contact information for your references and any other relevant paperwork. Don't forget to update your list of references and verify their contact information. "As a courtesy, let them know they may be getting a call," Zehle says. That way, they'll be prepared to say glowing things about you. Step 5: Plan logistics ahead of time As you get closer to your interview day, do everything you can ahead of time. Small steps will make the difference between arriving rested, focused and on time instead of frazzled, distracted or late. D e AL w I t H LAS t -MI n U te D et AILS B e FO re t H e LAS t MI n U te Before your meeting, consider all the logistics of the day. Figure out your transportation plan and investigate traffic patterns to decide when you need to leave. Leave plenty of extra time — even if you're already familiar with the location. If you'll be using a transportation service, call ahead of time to confirm their schedule. Have an alternate plan in mind, just in case. If you have children, confirm there is a plan (and a backup plan) for their care. Be sure your family members know what hours you'll be unavailable and, if need be, designate an alternate contact person. Do your best to streamline your morning: gather your wardrobe, pack a light snack, tuck any needed medicine or toiletries into your bag and fill a water bottle. Anything you can do in advance is one less thing to remember on your way out the door. P r AC t IC e S e LF-CA re By now, you probably have a handful of strategies for getting through challenging situations. An interview is just one more opportunity to put these coping skills to work, whether that means waking up early for a run or tucking a protein bar into your jacket in case you barely eat at the colleague luncheon. Now is the time to implement any habits that help you feel your best. With an already busy lifestyle, it's easy to procrastinate about interview preparation or assume you'll just deal with issues when the time comes. But by getting a head start, you'll be able to stay focused when the interview comes — and land your dream practice. Win! Find your next practice—and enter to win a $500 gift card—at

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