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76 | SUMMER 2014 By PATRICE STREICHER Minding your interview P's and Q's Etiquette isn't a lost art. It's actually an important gauge on which you'll be judged on your site visit interview. M aking a favorable f rst impression as a physician on an interview is about more than just showing up on time. Throughout your entire site visit experience, keep job-seeker etiquette at the top of your mind—and follow these helpful tips. Etiquette refresher 1: Make sure your online profi le isn't built to offend. Search for your own name online. For better or worse, you should have full knowledge about where, what and how your name is being documented, associated, aff liated and commented on by others. To ensure a proper impression of your professional identity, clean up those social media photographs of yourself and comments you don't want a potential employer to see. Etiquette refresher 2: Get to know the potential employer before your interview—and look for conversation builders. As you begin to collect information about the hiring practice, pay particular attention to their aff liated health and hospital systems. The organization's national and regional presence may provide insight into referral patterns, marketplace positioning, f nancial stability and their preparedness for the future of health care. You'll likely uncover patient reviews in your research. Remember that reviews are subjective opinions, not necessarily facts. I suggest focusing instead on details found on the clinic's website about each providers' educa- tion, expertise and medical interests. Take note of these key facts, as they may serve as nice conversation points during your interview. For instance, perhaps you discover that a physician in the group is an alumnus from your residency program. Or maybe you identif ed an area of your skill set that would benef t the prac- tice. These nuggets, when shared in a conversationally appropriate manner during an interview, set you apart as a gem while simultaneously aligning you as an ideal match for the practice. Etiquette refresher 3: Make sure the town is a place you'd consider living before agreeing to visit. In addition to collecting facts about the professional aspects of the opportunity, investigate the community's offerings other than its proximity to the nearest city or international airport. A reasonable introduction to the community's shopping, restaurants, schools, tax climate, local businesses and recreational venues can be found on the town's Chamber of Commerce website. Often overlooked—but critical to a relocation decision—is identify- ing the major employers in the service area. For a new physician seeking to build a practice, the vitality of the local economy, unemployment rate and f nancial stability of the community is paramount. Once you are properly prepared with facts about the oppor- tunity, you are now ready for the next step: the on-site interview. Etiquette refresher 4: Don't let nerves rule your judgment. The evening prior to your interview, make sure your attire is pressed and professional. Get plenty of sleep (avoid interviewing post-call), have a Job Doctor Job-search tips from a physician recruiter 2014 Annual Interview ISSUE 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 - L i v e - P r a c t i c e . i n d d 7 6 243-Sum14-Live-Practice.indd 76 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 2 : 3 2 P M 6/12/14 12:32 PM

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