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3 Things to Do Before You Leave the Interview

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Wrapping up our look at how an interviewee should conduct themselves before and during an interview, we turn to the end of the interview. What should you do before you leave?

Once again, our list was inspired and paraphrased from an article on the American College of Physicians website by Cynthia Smith, MD, FACP, director of clinical program development.


1. Before you leave an interview, make sure you understand what the “follow-up expectations” are.

If they don’t readily tell you, find out what the next steps are. Is there a timeline for making a decision? Who will contact whom? Will they contact you or should you contact them? And if you should contact them, how long should you wait?

Also, be transparent on your end.

According to Smith, “If you have a timeline by which you need to make a decision or another offer that is pending, be sure to communicate the information directly.”

2. Make sure they have all of the information from you that they need, and make sure you have all of the information you need from them.

Ask them if they’ve found out everything about you that they need to know. Make yourself available to answer any other questions they may have, either right then or down the line.

Do a quick “brain check” of the information you’ve gathered. Ask yourself, “Do I know everything I need to make an informed, intelligent decision should they make an offer? What else should I ask them?”

3. Did the interview include information about the community and service area?

Smith says this information should be included even as part of the first interview. To that end, she writes, “Many practices can provide you with information about housing costs, school systems, cultural activities, and entertainment. A short tour of the area can be included, if you ask.”

She also makes this important point that directly involves your family: “If you are invited back for a second interview, ask that your spouse or significant other be invited. Most practices will support this additional expense.”


We hope this dissection of the interview process has given you an unique look at the preparation you should do in the weeks and hours leading up to it. As advanced practitioners and physicians who are looking for jobs, what tips and advice would you add to this discussion?

Feel free to comment below or you can email me at pfernbaugh@alertservicescorp.com. Simply let me know in the email if I can use or reference your story or experiences in an upcoming post, anonymously or otherwise.

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