If you’re a newer physician, the memory of those residency and fellowship interviews is likely fresh in your mind. Well, don’t relax just yet! Now is the time to interview for your first position as an attending physician. The process is quite different, although the fundamentals are the same. We’ve compiled top physician interview questions and tips to help you on your way.
10 Physician Interview Questions You May be Asked
If you’ve been scheduled for a face-to-face meeting, your interviewers will have already spent hours reviewing your CV and speaking with you by phone. The in-person interview is the opportunity for the members of the healthcare facility to get to know you and to evaluate how well you’ll fit in with their practice. They will want to get an idea of your personality, interests and goals. The physician interview is also a chance for you to describe what you can bring to the practice or facility. Here are 10 common physician interview questions you may be asked:
- Why are you interested in joining our practice?
- What are your clinical interests?
- Why did you choose your area of interest?
- What are your short-term and long-term professional goals?
- What value would you add to our practice?
- Can you describe your strengths and weaknesses?
- Can you describe a challenging case and how you handled it?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- Are you interviewing at other practices?
- What are your salary requirements?
10 Physician Interview Questions You Should Ask
When you sit down with the members of the facility or practice, remember that you are interviewing them just as they are interviewing you. Both parties want it to be the perfect match! So, take time to brainstorm your wishes and needs, and compose questions catered to the practice. Research the facility in advance by visiting their website, reading through interview packets and materials, and reaching out to insiders or staff. Come in with a written list of questions, adapt as needed, and be sure to take notes. Here are 10 questions you can ask during a physician interview to get you started:
- What is a typical day like?
- What are the patient demographics?
- What is the patient load?
- How is your organization structured?
- What is the financial health of the practice?
- What are the short- and long-term goals of the practice?
- What hospitals are you affiliated with?
- What are the salary and benefits?
- What are the biggest challenges and strengths of the facility?
- What is staff turnover like?
10 Physician Interview Tips
In addition to preparing for physician interview questions and generating some questions of your own, you’ll want to review some best practices for interviewing for your first attending physician position. Draw on your experience interviewing for your residency or fellowship, review these 10 physician interview tips, and you’ll be well on your way:
- Be prepared – do your research, remember your list of questions
- Be on time – be sure your travel arrangements allow plenty of wiggle room
- Dress professionally – keep it conservative, resist the urge to sport the bow tie or bright suit
- Practice in advance – mock interview with your spouse, colleagues, or friends
- Show enthusiasm – even if you’re not convinced, "act as if"
- Bring your spouse – have your spouse or partner along if invited
- Tour the area – learn about the city, schools, culture, and community
- Tour the facility – learn about the staff, practice, administration, physicians
- Negotiate – work with the practice until both parties are satisfied
- Send thanks – send a thank you note promptly
Consider Locum Tenens
If you are not yet ready to make a long-term commitment, consider a locum tenens physician assignment. Perhaps you’re not sure what part of the country you want to settle in, or maybe you want to try out different areas of medicine before you specialize. Taking on a locum tenens assignment could be for you! Our MDA recruiters are here to help. Call 1.800.780.3500 to speak with us or find the perfect locum tenens assignment online.