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“Is the manner in which the first conversation is scheduled fraught with a lot of difficulty, angst, coordination problems and hassle?” asks Lynn Taylor, nationally recognized workplace expert and author of the book Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT). Taylor, who lives in Newport Coast, Calif., also has been featured on television networks such as ABC and Fox.

She says red flags in the early stages of the interview process can include playing constant phone tag, receiving rude responses from assistants, and getting lost in the system.

“Are they giving you your due respect?” she asks. “But respect goes two ways. Some candidates act very entitled, and that’s a way to shoot yourself in the foot.”

Look closely at the workplace

Once you are on site for personal interviews, Taylor says you might notice other red flags such as:

• Your prospective supervisor acts friendly with you as the candidate, but seems easily irritated when he or she interacts with staff.

• Your interviewers seem overly interested in cost restrictions and time restrictions with patients.

• Your interviewers seem reluctant to answer meaningful questions or discuss strategic direction.

“You might think this is an opportunity to be a visible, well-paid physician with all the perks you could ever dream of,” Taylor says. “But if you are surrounded by unhappy people with no heart, no amount of salary and perks will make you satisfied and make you want to get up in the morning.”

She says you might receive a glimpse of how you’ll be treated as an employee if your future manager during the interview seems continually distracted by visitors, text messages, phone calls and email.

If the interviewer can’t be bothered to give you undivided attention for an interview, then you might have the same communication problems in an ongoing work relationship.

Another red flag is a prospective boss who doesn’t seem all that interested in listening to you or asking you questions about your background and your interests, Taylor says. As a candidate, she says, you should be hearing questions during an interview such as:

• How can we, together, make this work?

• What is your long-term career path?

• How do you see yourself fitting into this position?

“If they aren’t thinking in those terms and they are thinking only of today, then they are doing themselves and you a disservice,” Taylor says. “Like in a marriage, both parties should be looking at making this work for a long time.”

Red flags that potential employers look for are factors that might represent barriers to credentialing and the candidate’s licensing, says physician recruiter Bobbi Brown of Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home, Ark. She also says that unexplained time gaps or an incomplete CV can be seen as potential problems.

“It’s very important to be truthful on the CV and during preliminary phone interviews,” she says.

Taylor advises candidates to be extremely careful about venting or making negative comments related to the interview in public, even if the process went badly. It’s a small world, and word gets around.

“It’s very easy to vent or express dismay or sound like a victim,” she says. “Don’t go that route. Keep your professional demeanor at all times.”

Above all, she says, listen to your own instincts after undergoing the interview process to know if a job is right for you.

Says Taylor: “Your gut doesn’t lie.”



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