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Physicians, APs: Tell the Interviewer What You Can do for Them

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There are many ways a job interview can be ruined that are beyond your control, but there are also many ways to screw it up that are completely within your control. Often, the pathway to messing up a job interview is found in asking the wrong question, giving the wrong answer, saying the wrong thing, behaving in the wrong way, etc.

Over at Salary.com, contributing writer Alesia Benedict offers “7 Ways to Screw Up a Job Interview.”

One of the ways to screw up a job interview is to ask about promotions.

According to Benedict, “Rushing ahead to promotions may make the interviewer question your judgment and understanding of appropriate business interactions. Advancement opportunities are great, but first you need to get the job.”

As medical professionals, you obviously want to know which career opportunities would accompany a job. This will be integral to the hiring process, however, especially when matters of compensation are discussed. Don’t rush this conversation. Let the employer dictate when it is discussed.

As Benedict advises, “You have to crawl before you can walk. It's one thing to be confident and ask some broad questions about the possibility of advancement so your potential employer knows you're motivated, but if the interviewer senses you're already looking past the job for which you're interviewing, that could raise some red flags.”

This brings up another nuance of the interview process: Are you conveying to the employer that this position would only be a placeholder for you until you find something better? How committed will you be to this organization, or do you simply see it as a stepping stone in your career ambitions?

One thing hospitals and practices need in the era of reform is stability from its staff and clinicians. Too much money is at stake for them to invest in someone who is more interested in using them than in being a part of them.

Rather than conveying an interest in promotions—in other words, what the practice or hospital can do for you—convey an interest in expressing what you can do for them.

It goes back to Benedict’s original piece of advice: “Advancement opportunities are great, but first you need to get the job.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, how focused have you been on career advancement in past interviews? When do you broach this subject, if ever?

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