What to do AFTER Your Interview

What to do AFTER Your Interview

Phew. You made it through the tough part a.k.a. the on-site interview. Now you just kick your feet up and wait for them to call you with an incredible offer, right? Think again.

There are a few things we recommend doing after an on-site interview, whether or not you think the job is right for you.

  1. Take a look back at the priorities list you created when you first began your job search. How well does this practice match your needs? We think that meeting about 70% of your priorities qualifies as a good fit. If you didn’t complete a priorities checklist, review our blog on the subject here to complete it now.

  2. If you’re working with a recruitment consultant like DaVita SOURCE, make sure to provide feedback right after your interview. The recruiter will want to hear what you thought of the practice and the practice will likely be getting in touch with the recruiter to give their feedback on the interview. This can be a quick 5 minute call or a brief email.

  3. Don’t forget to thank your interviewer! While a handwritten note is always nice, email seems to be the most popular. Don’t forget that this individual or group took time out of their busy day to get to know you and show you around their community. Don’t let this go unnoticed.

  4. Did you leave your interview with an offer, letter of intent or written contract? Time to make a decision.

    • Yes – you want the job. If the terms are acceptable let the practice know your intent to accept upon review of the contract. You are showing them your excitement for the opportunity by not wasting time giving them an answer. There may be some follow up correspondence that goes with this so make sure to respond to all communication promptly.

    • No – the job isn’t the right fit for you. It’s ok if this isn’t the job for you. Make sure to let the practice know that their opportunity doesn’t meet your needs but you appreciate their time. It is unacceptable to hold a practice hostage as your backup. Doing so could damage your reputation in the nephrology community before you’ve even started your career.

    • Maybe – you have other interviews scheduled and feel you can’t make a final decision until you’ve completed those. This is also a perfectly acceptable response, as long as it’s true. Most employers don’t expect you to take the first job you interviewed with. It’s smart to make sure you’ve explored your options. Let the practice know when your scheduled interviews are and assure them that you’ll give them a final answer a few days after your interviews conclude.

  5. We recommend hiring a healthcare attorney if you intend to accept the position. A healthcare attorney can be expensive but we recommend you use them if you are serious about an offer. See our blog on why you should hire a healthcare attorney.

  6. What if they didn’t make you an offer immediately after the interview? Occasionally, a practice will have back-to-back candidate interviews and are not able to provide you with a decision immediately following the interview. If they have not disclosed when they intend to make a decision, it is acceptable to ask them. If you want the job, tell them. If there are two candidates and only one asks for the job the practice is more likely to extend the offer to the person that communicates their interest.

Remember – the nephrology community is small. Make sure to follow these post-interview etiquette guidelines to create a professional first impression with your future colleagues. If you have questions about any of this, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at fellowshipoutreach@davita.com.

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