Congratulations! You’ve secured a job interview (if you haven’t yet, we can help with that) and now you’re beginning to prepare. You have likely considered all of the common interview questions that you might be faced with. However, for the unprepared interviewer, the most difficult question to answer is often unrelated to personal history. “Do you have any questions for us?” Regardless of industry, nearly every interview is sure to include this question near the end. While it is, of course, important to prepare your responses to questions about prior work experience and education, it is equally important to prepare questions of your own. Although there are plenty of great questions you could ask, below are some tips for crafting great questions for employers.
Preparing Questions for Employers – Physician Interviews
Do Your Homework!
This always has to be your first step when preparing questions for employers. Ultimately, the reason it is important to ask questions is that it demonstrates a genuine interest in a job opportunity. There are few things more disconcerting for an interviewer than a candidate who has no response when they say, “is there anything you would like to ask me?” However, this can easily be avoided by dedicating some time in advance to researching the company and role that you are applying for. Whether you are applying to work at a hospital or a private practice, knowing more is always better. As you begin to form questions for employers, it is crucial that you understand the position you are applying for to the best of your ability. If there is anything that is unclear, that may be a great first question to ask.
Identify What Matters to You
While job interviews are primarily meant to inform the interviewer about who to hire, they can also be a tool to discover if you would like to work somewhere. Of course, some factors like salary will be important to you when deciding about a job. However, the first interview should really be used for you to learn more about what your experience in a role might be like. Take some time in your interview preparation to really consider what intangible features you would like in a job. Do you prefer to work in close contact with peers or do you prefer to work independently? Are there certain days or times that you prefer not to work? While you may not want to ask explicitly if you will be able to have certain days off, it is always a good idea to gauge expectations fully. Make sure that you understand what you value in a job and craft questions meant to learn more about those factors.
Ask About Operations
This does not necessarily pertain only to specific medical procedures, though it certainly can. The transition to any new job can be difficult for a number of reasons. However, one of the most common is the need to learn new technologies hierarchies. It can be helpful to learn more about the day to day operations of a practice in advance so that you can better gauge how prepared you will be on your first day. A great way to do this is by preparing the right questions for employers before your interview. While these questions will likely be more specific than some of the others you may come up with, they can be a great way to demonstrate that you want to learn more about how you would fit in an organization. Find out who you would report to or if anyone would report to you, and if there are any software or technologies you will need to learn for the job.
As was mentioned above, there are many possible great questions for employers. Additionally, these questions are largely dependent upon the specific job opportunity and employer. Rather than asking questions off of an unoriginal list online, craft questions that demonstrate a high level of consideration for the specific opportunity you are interviewing for. Don’t forget, preparing for the interviewer’s questions is always important too!