Navigating the On-Site Interview

Navigating the On-Site Interview

Hopefully, by the time you arrive at a face-to-face interview, you will already know a great deal about the practice from the phone interview and your own research. The interviewer should already know about your educational background, abilities, interests and needs. The main focus for meeting face-to-face is for both parties to determine if there is professional chemistry and for you to explore the practice and community first hand. The interviewer’s goal is to get to know you both as a physician and a person to determine if you are a good fit for the group. You, in turn, need to determine the same. Learn as much as you can while you are there so that you can make a decision shortly after your interview. Here are some tips to help.

  • Dress to Impress.
    • Men should choose a well-fitting dark suit, white shirt and solid dark tie. 
    • Women should select a well-fitting dark pant suit, skirt suit or business-appropriate dress and closed-toe shoes. 
    • Ensure you are neatly groomed and do not wear perfumes or colognes.
    • Most interviews will include an evening dinner with the physician team and sometimes spouses, so be prepared with appropriate business casual attire.
    • We bring up the clothing issue only because we have personally witnessed missteps in the past. For example, a candidate took the casual approach and showed up for the interview wearing jeans and a polo shirt. Jeans are never appropriate.  
  • Be Early. Try to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled interview. This gives you an opportunity to relax, survey your surroundings, and make sure you are fully prepared and not distracted. 
  • Be Yourself. The goal of the interview is to determine if you fit. Neither you nor the interviewer will know this if you put on a false persona during your visit. 
  • Be Open. The goal is to get to know one another, so share your thoughts with the interviewer as candidly and respectfully as possible.
  • Be Prepared. Be ready to ask and answer questions during the interview. We recommend you prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. You should also practice some responses to common interview questions so that you are not caught off guard. We have compiled a list of questions you might ask and standard questions you should be prepared to answer.
  • Tell Them What You Can Do For Them. Interviewers are trying to decide if you will be an asset to the practice and worth the investment. For example, do you have a particular interest or skill that will add depth to the practice? 
  • Give Feedback. They need to know how you feel as well as what you think: 
    • Show genuine interest in your interviewers as people.
    • Do not be afraid to express your concerns.
    • Tell them what you like about the practice, location and people.
    • It takes a lot of work to arrange a good interview, so do not be shy about showing appreciation and offering thanks for their time.
  • If You Want the Job, Say So. Given two equally qualified candidates, an interviewer will make an offer to the one who shows enthusiasm for the position and a willingness to make a decision quickly. 
  • Be Prepared to Make a Timely Decision. If the practice offers you the position, they will expect an answer in a timely manner; approximately 7 to 10 business days. If you have been following our educational emails, we previously mentioned setting your priorities before you even start looking for a job. If the practice meets your needs, say so. If it doesn’t, procrastination or saying “maybe” is not going to change anything. A “grass is greener” attitude can lose you a job in the current market. 
  • Don’t Have a “What’s In It For Me?” Attitude. This is one of the top reasons practices do not hire someone. The practice is looking for a physician associate who will add depth and value to the practice. Remember the adage, “There is no I in team.” 
  • Shut Off Your Phone. It can really turn an interview the wrong way with one little ping. It also shows a lack of respect for the formality of the situation. 
  • Bring Your CV. Have a few copies on hand in case one of the partners didn’t receive one. 
  • Be Courteous and Kind. This applies not just to the physicians you meet with, but also to the administrative and support staff at the practice. Your interview starts the moment someone from the practice reaches out to you. Quite often office managers are the gate keepers for a practice and will aid in the decision-making process of the candidate selection. How you interact with the people coordinating your interview can be just as important as the physicians interviewing you. 
  • Don’t Be Too Aggressive. Dominating the conversation will not benefit you. 

On-Site interviews require a large amount of preparation and decision making. To learn more about what to expect, view the DaVita SOURCE Interview Guide.

2019-12-01T13:22:50-07:00 August 11th, 2016|12 Months before Graduation|0 Comments

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