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Physicians and APs: Negativity Can Lose You a Job

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Nobody likes a negatron. However, the majority of us are perfectly capable of being negative whenever we have the chance.

When considering your performance on a job interview, did you allow yourself to be negative? According to an article by Gail Garfinkel Weiss, MSW, over at Medscape, negativity can lose you job opportunities.

For example, she writes, was your body language negative?

In other words, “[I]t's not just what you say, it's how you say it.”

That’s right. Body language and all of the nuances and subtleties a mere fidgeting of the hands presents to the dynamics of a conversation can impact whether or not you get that job.

According to one physician recruiter, “You can project confidence without appearing arrogant by extending yourself in a professional, conversational, friendly manner.” Instead of fidgeting, “[k]eep your hands by your sides when standing, and fold them loosely in your lap when sitting. Make eye contact with your interviewer; don't slouch or lean fully back. Look the person in the eye, and interact in such a way that the conversation isn't all about you.”

Another way negativity can affect your employment chances is if you speak ill of a former employer.

Sure, they may have been jerks and the employment situation may have been ratty, but being “disparaging…is unlikely to enhance your future job prospects,” Garfinkel Weiss writes. “In addition to making you appear spiteful and petty, remarks that put others you've worked with in a bad light might do little more than give a potential employer visions of you criticizing him or her when you move on.”

Finally, bragging about past positions and your accomplishments can seriously impede your hiring prospects. The interviewer may decide that you would consider the position they’re offering beneath you and unchallenging in light of your employment history.

It’s a fine line, to be sure, but suffice it to say, any type of negativity should largely be avoided on a job interview.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what are some other ways you could be negative on a job interview? How would you keep negativity from slipping into your questions and answers?

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