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Physicians, APs: Research an Organization before the Interview

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We’re looking at ways in which you can screw up a job interview, courtesy of contributing writer Alesia Benedict over at Salary.com.. Last time we discussed when you should raise the subject of salary and how this is an imprecise science. Here now are two more ways to screw up a job interview.

1. Demanding to know when a decision will be made.

Oh, the suspense! You want this job, and naturally, you want to know when they’ll be deciding if you’re the one to get this job!

But, Benedict writes, asking about it “can make you seem desperate or anxious for results. Most companies look for candidates [who are] able to separate personal from professional demands.”

I think categorizing this question as a personal demand rather than a professional one might be splitting hairs, but the point remains: the timing and manner in how you ask this question is everything.

“If you do, ask politely if you can follow up with someone after the designated amount of time they give you, [and] make sure you get a specific person's contact information,” she writes. “And don't jump the gun. Eager and confident is good; desperate should be avoided.”

2. Asking what the company does.

Benedict is writing to the general job-seeker here, of course, but imagine going to a job interview at a hospital or healthcare organization and not even being sure about the services they provide.

We’ve harped on the need to research an organization prior to a job interview before, and we’ve pointed out, as Benedict does, how easy it is to do this research, thanks to the gods of the Internet. In short, there’s no excuse to walk into an interview without doing your homework.

Most healthcare organizations have websites. Most communities have newspapers that have websites. An hour’s research will yield you a wealth of information. Heck, 15 minutes of research will yield you a small fortune.

Once you’ve done your research, your answers to interview questions can take on added depth. Benedict advises the following: “Show off what you've researched about the company prior to the interview by linking your skills and work history to existing corporate projects. Also, if you know who you're interviewing with, do some research on him/her and try to find some common ground so you can form a strong connection during the interview.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, how much research do you do prior to going on a job interview? How do you go about asking when a decision on a job will be made?

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