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3 More Research Tools to Use for Interview Prep

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In our last post, we examined the two primary research tools—the company website and Google--that a physician or advanced practitioner should use to gather information on the organization interviewing them, with insights courtesy of

Dave Johnson over at CBS MoneyWatch.

Here are three additional tools that can help you prepare for your interview.

3. Corporate blogs

It is not unheard of for CEOs or other members of the administrative staff who may be interviewing you to maintain a blog. Reading through their archive of posts could lend you some desired perspective as well.

4. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter.

Research into an organization is easier to do than even five years ago it seems, especially with the popularity of social media. Twitter, especially, is a communication tool that many hospitals are harnessing. LinkedIn is also useful for perusing the individuals who are employed by the healthcare organization, especially since all of them may not be listed on the company website.

Johnson writes: “Many companies have a strong social presence these days, and you can glean a lot about the company, its culture, and how it thinks about its mission by seeing how they present themselves on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Even better, LinkedIn is a treasure trove of corporate backgrounders.”

5. Find out who’s interviewing you—and look them up.

Your first thought might be that this information is confidential, but Johnson writes that it isn’t: “If a company doesn't tell you ahead of time, contact your hiring manager or HR and ask who you should expect to meet on the day of the interview. There's nothing confidential about that sort of info, and they'll probably share it without batting an eye. Equipped with names (and, ideally, titles) you can learn a little about these folks via LinkedIn, Twitter, and other sites. Learn a little about who they are, what they do at the company, and if you have anything in common.”

In other words, have a mental dossier of the person/people you’ll be meeting on this interview. With the information about each of us that is scattered all over the web, there’s a strong chance you’ll know this person pretty well before you even meet them.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what are some other methods of research you use to gather information prior to an organization interviewing you?

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