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26 | SUMMER 2014 Legal Matters Advice for physicians from an attorney By RODERICK J. HOLLOMAN Ask these before saying yes Be ready to ask—and answer—these questions at your next interview. I n my practice, I f nd that a common source of professional discontent among physicians is a less-than-clear understanding or appreciation of the nature of the employment opportunity. By asking the appropriate questions before ac- cepting an offer of employment, you can better discern whether an opportunity will be a good f t and as a result save yourself a good deal of frus- tration. This guide was created to assist you dur- ing the interview process and alert you to issues you should consider, questions you should ask, and questions you should be prepared to answer. Pre-interview considerations When you research a potential employ- er's website before an interview, see if you can f nd the answers to the following: 1. What type of population or patient mix do they serve? 2. How many providers are in the practice or department? 3. Are any of the physicians within the practice or department particularly well-regarded? 4. How long have the physicians within the prac- tice or department been in practice? 5. How long has the practice or depart- ment been in existence? 6. Have there been any recent prac- tice acquisitions or mergers? 7. Are there any expansion efforts underway or planned? 8. How does the practice or department as a whole rank against similar organizations? 9. What is the practice's mission and vision? 10. Is the practice in a highly competitive geographic area? In addition to visiting the employer's website, you should also search online to see if the orga- nization has been in the news lately and for what reason. Write down interesting key facts that you might want to discuss during the interview. Get in the interview mindset Always keep in mind that you are not the only one being interviewed. All parties are both interviewer and interviewee. At the end of the day, what mat- ters most is whether the opportunity comfortably reconciles with your values and preferred lifestyle. Remember to offer positive feedback. It is best to assume that there are other candidates being inter- viewed for the position you are contemplating. If two equally qualif ed candidates are being considered, an organization will virtually always make its offer to the one who shows the most interest in the posi- tion and who seems most likely to accept. Make your positive feelings known, particularly those that speak to long-term prospects, and be specif c with respect to what aspects of the practice you like. 2014 Annual Interview ISSUE 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 2 6 243-Sum14.indd 26 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 : 3 7 P M 6/12/14 1:37 PM

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