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Summer 2017

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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features 68  summer 2017 PracticeLink.com "If you provide too many details [or] your stories are too involved, you can't tell if they're interested or if they're bored. Don't overload them," suggests Silber. Whether you have the gift of gab or tend to ramble under pressure, practice providing short, direct answers to some common interview questions. Key in on your point early on. Studies show that the average listener remains focused for about 90 seconds. Being observant can also help you gauge if you're talking too much. Watch for clues that someone isn't really listening: robotic nodding, detached responses such as "hmm" or "uh huh," or stolen glances at the clock. Have some strategies in mind to pull yourself back if you digress — like smiling, pausing and revisiting the question asked. "So in summary, my favorite rotation turned out to be…." Or simply wrap up your answer, leaving the ball in their court to request more details. ARE YOU HARD TO GET TO KNOW? Some people have no trouble opening up and sharing personal details, while others are naturally t ig ht-l ipp ed , esp ec i a l ly i n a professional setting. But if you keep your conversation only on academic and professional topics, you're missing the chance to make yourself stand out as a unique candidate. "We need to understand what makes you tick," says Laura Screeney, director of physician recruitment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "There are good jobs from coast to coast, so we want to know why us, why you're here. The CV doesn't tell us your whole story." If it's hard for you to open up, plan ahead. Identify a few topics you're comfortable bringing up that lend insight into you as a person. For example, location can be a starting point for conversation, says Screeney. Share what attracts you to the area at hand (or why you want to stay there) —whether you're drawn by your passion for the ocean, making a move nearer to family or relocating to accommodate a loved one's job. "Showing your ties to the area is always helpful," agrees Screeney. Another talking point can be a pertinent fact or two about your family or significant others: children's extracurricular interests, loved one's jobs or educational pursuits, or special child or senior care arrangements. This information not only gives a glimpse into your world, but often prompts others to share details that could aid in your decision-making process. "I once met with a candidate who mentioned his daughter was a talented dancer," recalls Screeney. "My niece was heavily involved in this area, and I was able get information from her about teachers in the area and pass this along to him and his wife." Even i f you're much more comfortable sticking with your credentials, you can still do your best to bring your personality to life in these conversations. "Use real-life examples or a personal story in your responses," suggests Fair. "For example, if you're asked [how] you deal with a difficult patient, you could give a canned answer — 'I keep my voice low, stay at eye level,' etc.— or you could share an example: 'Well, a couple weeks ago, I did this….'" T h o u g h y o u sh o u l d n' t go overboard about your personal life, do offer a glimpse into your non- work personality. Topics to bring up with your recruiter Whatever your interview style, there are some points you should always raise with your in-house recruiter. Salary expectations. Less is more when it comes to this topic, says Sharpe. "It's a question you should ask, but it should not be your whole focus." Family member's careers. It's essential to mention whether your spouse or significant other will need a new job — even if they're not in the medical field. Your recruiter may be able to offer contacts and resources. Special requirements. If you'll need the lowdown on schools, daycare, adult care or enrichment, ask to be pointed in the right direction. Long-term goals. Whether you have a grand vision for your future or just an inkling toward a specific direction, don't hesitate to share. "Tell us your career goals, not just for today, but long-term," says Screeney. "Do you want to get into management? Research?" Your traveling companion. If your spouse or a significant other has joined you on your trip, mention it. They're often welcome to attend a lunch or informal gathering. Their presence both helps people get to know you and gives you another perspective.

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