Physician Interview Suggestions
Sunbelt Management Associates (SMA) is a contingency physician search firm, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, dedicated to helping physicians find the perfect opportunity nationwide, in the settings they desire. Sunbelt Management Associates was founded in 1984. Mike Lindenberger, Director of Physician Recruitment, has more than eighteen years of recruiting experience.
Tips for Physicians
Interviewers may probe physician’s attitude with questions like "describe your philosophy of working with nurses." Obviously the candidate who has thought about issues in advance will have an advantage. Preparing appropriate questions is a good use of prep time. Questions about call requirements, research projects, and continuing education are all reasonable for physicians
Tips for Nurses
Despite excellent technical skills, some nurses do not interview with confidence. To master an interview, a candidate should prepare brief anecdotes that demonstrate competence, judgment and professionalism.Appropriate questions about a nursing position might include: "What is the career path?" and "how are shifts and overtime determined?"
Tips for Allied Health Professionals
Being unprepared can wreck an interview. Job-seeking technicians should get ready to talk about themselves and their accomplishments articulately, even if talking about themselves is a challenge. "Practice," It's never okay to complain about another job or employer,. A gap in employment or a termination should be discussed succinctly, with an emphasis on how you've learned or grew from the experience. The employer wants to see good manners: make an effort not to smell of overly strong perfume or cigarette smoke, she said. You should always meet the interviewers' eyes, shake hands and smile. Asking a few, well-chosen questions will distinguish a candidate. The questions depend on the position, but the stronger candidate will display interest by asking, for example, about the hiring process, and why the position is open.
Four very common mistakes candidates make during interviews are
- Asking the wrong questions
- Talking too much
- Being unprepared
- Failing to make eye contact
Notes:Allow the prospective employer to broach salary and benefits. Have your spouse join you for the visit, however, unless invited, he / she should not be present for the interview portion.
Questions you as a physician, may ask your prospective employer during the interview:
- What is the length of time the practice has been in existence?
- How many patients per day will I be expected to treat?
- How many new patients did the practice see last year?
- What are the payor and age mixes of the practice?
- Why are you seeking to add a physician at this time?
- What are the short and long term plans for the group?
- Will partnership be offered? If so, when? And, will there be a buy-in?
- What are the current office hours?
- What will be my call schedule?
- What has the office overhead percentage been for the past several years?
Questions typically asked the physician during an interview by the prospective employer:
- Why do you want to join our practice?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want to move to this area?
- Where do you see medicine moving in the next ten years?
- How has your residency prepared you clinically?
- Do you have any interest in teaching or research?
- What are your salary requirements?
- What are your short term and long term goals?
- Why should we hire you?