Get Ready for Your Interview

Congratulations, you have an interview scheduled! Now is the time to not only convince the hiring D.C. that you're the best candidate to join the practice but also to determine if the position is a good match for you. Preparation is key:  before, during and after the interview.

Beyond Looking Good on Paper

To present yourself in the best manner possible during the interview, you need to start with the proper research.

Get to know the practice, if you don’t already.

Start by taking another look at the practice’s website. In addition to reviewing a website, firsthand insight is invaluable when preparing for an interview. Check with your college, state association, colleagues and D.C.s who might have experience or knowledge about the practice.

Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring doctor.

What is the hiring doctor looking for: more time or more money? You will need to be specific on how you intend to fulfill the doctor’s needs. For instance, if the doctor is looking to grow the practice, put together a plan showing how you are going to bring in new patients and a timeline to achieve this goal. This approach shows the hiring doctor the specific benefits of hiring you.

Realize what makes you unique. (See "Unique Selling Points.")

To succeed in today’s competitive job market, you must stand out among other D.C.s who are seeking the same position. That means being prepared to demonstrate the unique skills and qualifications you can bring to a practice if hired – your unique selling points (USP). Begin with a list of all the characteristics that describe you. Then write down five unique selling points about yourself that make you a better candidate than anyone else. It’s also a good idea to compare your USPs against a particular job description.

Read "Get Ready for Your Interview - Part 2 to find out what you should practice before you go on the interview.

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