11th May 2016

10 Physician Interview Tips for Residents, Fellows & New Doctors

If you are a resident, fellow or just now became a physician, there is a high chance of you called up for a job interview. A physician job interview is a very delicate job as the job itself is.

Here are some few physician interview tips to help you getting through the interview and to make the best of outcomes even if you don’t land your position.

  1. Know your needs and wants

Know your needs and wants; come up with clear view of what you want and what you need. This typically includes:

  • Type of work settings
  • Work independency
  • Community base
  • Types of patients
  • Independency in the workplace
  • Work time schedule
  • Real estate/accommodation options in the community
  • Extra activities opportunities
  • Education options

Make sure you know all about this before you sit for an interview appointment.

  1. Obtain information

Before your interview, spend time to know your recruiters, about your assignments, workplace (expected salary, schedules etc.). You should address all your questions about your practice and community to your recruiter. It’s best to have that information beforehand and a confirmation while discussing it with an interviewer.

  1. Have you partner join you

Most of medical institutions often encourage you to bring your partner or spouse for an interview. Recruiters could talk to them to help make a final decision for both the parties.

  1. Be prepared to ask what you don’t know

The interview is intense; you could be forgetful of some important stuff. Be prepared; a notebook could be best to jot down info and write questions down if you need to ask.

  • Why do you need another physician here?
  • What personal qualities are you looking for?
  • Any sort of payer mix to expect?
  • Who will be my patients and from where?
  • What’s the general work level /number of patients to expect?
  • Describe a physician practice day
  1. Clarify Income and contracts upfront

A proper interview is about meeting people upfront. It should not be about money thus decide about this important purpose before hand. Some income related questions are:

  • How is income structured?
  • What’s the specific income amount?
  • What is the income potential in coming two year?
  • What’s the signing bonus?
  • Is there any educational loan option? What period time?
  • How are the physicians compensated?
  1. Review Employment Contract if Possible

Review your Contract; this may late be tailored to your individual needs. Confirming your income arrangement beforehand will give you a more relaxed interview process.

If you are prepared about this topic then your interview is most likely about meeting people, exchanging philosophies and determining your comfort level with the upcoming practice and community.

  1. Be prepared to Negotiate

Most interview scenarios are like take it or leave it work agreement but you can expect negotiable initial offer. If you feel you need better coverage or a higher amount feel free to say or ask what your think you need. Negotiating is two-way road; make reasonable concessions to the recruiter or employer.

  1. Tour the workplace

Your recruiter should arrange your tour to the workplace. We recommend taking the tour; socialize to people who may wish to speak to you like local physicians, people with personal interests etc.

  1. Dress appropriately

The rule of thumb to dress in an interview is in business attire. A black suit or slacks with blazer and tie for men and formal clothes for women.

  1. Decide on time

Your interviewer, the organisation and its people are awaiting your decision after making you an offer. Their efforts are completely on you now. Try making a timely decision for professionalism.

Any interview is rewarding enough as it is evaluating you. Employers will assume you are in your best attire as they are going to meet you once. So make sure you put your best on it.