Physician Job Interview Guide: How to Ask the Right Questions

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Whether you’re joining a small medical group or a larger health system, building a successful physician practice takes immense time and energy. This makes finding the right long-term fit — a place where you can plant roots — especially important.

Sheila Sampatacos, senior recruiter with Provider Solutions & Development (PS&D), is passionate about helping physicians and advanced practice clinicians find roles where they will be fulfilled and happy, on and off the job. She knows from personal experience how important her work can be.

“Years ago, I watched a loved one move in and out of the wrong physician job at least three times before he found the right position,” Sheila says. “Looking back, I think he got burnt out, because he wasn’t somewhere that filled his bucket.”

Sheila sees herself as a matchmaker — aligning doctors’ personalities to the culture where they will work. She says doctors should bring this mindset into their physician job interview.

“When you’re interviewing for a physician job, you’ll want to come prepared to answer many questions,” Sheila says. “But you should also come prepared with questions of your own. The fact is, you are interviewing a prospective employer as much as they are interviewing you.”

Knowing what to expect in a physician job interview can help you to find the perfect fit.

When interviewing, you’ll want to learn about the job itself and some of the contractual basics, Sheila says. More specific contract details, like compensation, bonuses and non-compete clauses, may be better left for discussion later in the process.

“Prepare your list of questions in advance and make sure each one gets answered,” Sheila says. “If you are interviewing for multiple jobs, create a spreadsheet to compare the answers you receive from each prospective employer.”

Specific questions Sheila suggests asking include:

  • Why is this position open?
  • How do you connect your Primary Care providers with specialists? Do they round together? Are they integrated?
  • What does marketing look like for me as a new physician? How will I be successful in growing my practice?

To read more of Sheila’s tips on what to ask in your physician interview, check out the full article. Want to discuss your career options with an expert Recruitment Advisor? We have those on deck at Provider Solutions & Development. We offer holistic, personalized guidance to help you find the right fit, at every step in your career. Start the conversation today.

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About Provider Solutions & Development  

Provider Solutions & Development is a community of experts founded within Providence, a purpose-driven, 51-hospital health system, over 20 years ago out of a clear need to change recruitment. Today we support dozens of hospital systems and serve physicians and advanced practice clinicians with heart, from residency to retirement, so they can do the same for their patients. With exclusive access to hundreds of positions across the nation, Provider Solutions & Development offers holistic, personal career guidance and placement that puts physicians and advanced practice clinician’s needs first. 

Learn how Provider Solutions & Development can help you find your perfect fit at psdconnect.org.

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