This chapter began with the assumption that you’ve received a job offer, which presumes you interviewed successfully and impressed the prospective employer. I don’t address interviewing in detail because there are many resources available to you, including coverage of general interviewing skills and considerations specific to medical professionals. One such resource for physicians is the New England Journal of Medicine Career Center.
I do, however, want to review some of the keys to interviewing success:
The more interviews you undergo the better you’ll get at it and the higher the likelihood you’ll perform well and secure the best job offers. More exposure to employers will also help you to answer questions such as, “what is your wish list?”
Consider scheduling some interviews early on that you are not very enthusiastic about due to their location, job description, institution type, or industry. There are at least two potential benefits to doing this. The first is that you can gain some much-needed interviewing practice without the emotional stress that poor performance may sink your chances at one of your more desirable positions. The second is that you may be pleasantly surprised and decide the opportunity is worth pursuing.
Don’t waste your hard-earned human capital by performing poorly in interviews, especially when practicing in advance can help you put your best foot forward.