How to Crush your Interview in Style
04 May

How to Crush your Interview in Style

You’ve combed through hundreds of job postings, sent out carefully crafted cover letters and resumes. The HR manager just called to set up an interview. So now, do you know how to crush your interview in style?

Dress for Success

Don’t skim over this topic. Too many candidates think the way they dress is acceptable, while HR managers shake their heads. Before you go, does your outfit follow these guidelines?

Wear your most professional attire.

No one ever failed a professional interview for dressing too conservatively with too much class.

For the ladies: tasteful blouses with high necklines should be subtle, solid colors or minimalist prints. Skirts should come to the knee or below. Solid, straight legged pants tend to be the most flattering on any figure. Make sure clothes fit comfortably.

Impress them with your personality with your personality, not your clothes.

For the men: Suits and ties in dark colors tend to be timeless. A bolder tie can be interesting with a solid suit and light shirt, but save silly ties for #FunFriday AFTER you land the job. Wear socks with your dress shoes. Again, stay simple; a patterned sock like argyle, might be acceptable if it coordinates with your shirt, but don’t try to be witty with your sock choice.

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Of course, dressing for success includes fastidious personal grooming and hygiene. Minimal use of fragrances is important, especially in the medical field. Nails should be clean, trimmed and clear or neutral colors for female applicants.

Be Prepared

Take time to study the practice and specialty. Get to know recent medical advancements in their specialty or be able to discuss related current events and your related interests or experience. If the practice is on social media, follow them, get to know what matters to them.

If possible research the careers of the supervising physicians for whom you’ll be working. Be able to talk about why you would like to work with this physician or what types of physicians you have successfully worked with in the past.

If you go into the interview with the attitude that you just want any job, you won’t look like you want this one.

You've sent hundreds of carefully crafted resumes. The HR manager just called to set up your interview. So do you know how to crush your interview in style?

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Read over some common interview questions (check out these from AAPA.org) and have an idea of a general answer for them. Don’t sound too rehearsed, but prepared.

Prepare your own questions!

Be ready to ask about the practice and expectations for you as a provider.

  • How much training will be required? What is the salary during the training period?
  • How much supervision and time with the physician will I have each week? Is the physician open to mentoring and guiding new hires?
    • If so, what does that look like? (You want autonomy, but also a physician who will help you grow as a provider because ultimately you want to provide excellent care for every patient. Some chart review and time with the physician each week should be part of a truly collaborative practice.)
  • What is the turnover for Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners?
    • If there is high turnover, the practice may have high expectations or the supervising physician may be unreasonably demanding. It may be appropriate to ask “To what do you attribute the turnover?” and let them add details.
  • Avoid too many questions about call times and schedules. Ask once about the expected schedule, then let it go. Making call seem very important gives the appearance of laziness to the HR manager. Save further questioning and clarification for the second interview or hiring negotiations.

*EASY HACK – Take a notepad. Your questions for the interviewer can be on the pad. Plus, you can take notes during the interview, which will make your interviewer feel important and give you the appearance of studious professionalism.

When you discuss salary, be realistic. A new grad without any autonomous experience will earn near the bottom of a proposed salary range. If you can negotiate some because of special skills or exemplary transcripts, great! But have fair expectations. Make sure to include vacation, paid continuing education, loan repayment, rate of raises, and cost of living for the area into your equation. A fair salary might look different depending on specialty as well.

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Lastly, personal presence speaks volumes before you ever open your mouth: be confident, walk tall, have a confident firm handshake, make eye contact. Your resume landed you the interview, but presence can land the job. Portray yourself with confidence. FAKE IT if necessary.

They don’t know you’re nervous. Smile, breathe, take a second to consider a question before answering. Answer each question with appropriate details for clarity without divulging too much personal information.

And turn off your cell phone or silence it without vibrations. If you can’t give the interview undivided attention, they won’t expect you can offer it to your profession either.

Accept that finding a perfect fit means an interview is a first date. Present yourself accurately and trust the right job will recognize your unique qualities.

After the interview – Take the time to send an electronic follow-up within 24 hours, something simple, like I appreciated meeting you, thank you for your time. Send a more formal written follow up a few days later, include some personal notes about your meeting here. Following up shows the HR manager and physician that you are conscious of the time they have spent to recruit and interview. Even if you do not get an offer initially, building relationships is always good. If you do not accept an offer, always send an additional thank you, keeping the door open for the future.

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Write a Better Job Description: Improve Your Hiring Process
04 Apr

Write a Better Job Description: Improve Your Hiring Process

Writing a better job description may not sound like the most important part of hiring a new member for your practice, but filling a vacant position doesn’t start with interviews, it starts with attracting the right applicants.

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That open position needs to be filled. Patients are waiting extra days to be seen. Cases are piling up, but you don’t just want any applicant, you want the right one. And you don’t want to spend weeks weeding through stacks of the wrong resumes either.

You need the right applicant to see your job and want to apply.

Okay, but how do I do that?

Write a great job description.

Simple enough, but as someone whose job it is to read through job descriptions, many employers are missing out on candidates based on lackluster job descriptions.

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are in growing demand. We see thousands of jobs posted a year. Applicants feel like they have a lot of choices.

Make them want to choose your job.

Grab their attention with some aspect of your practice or community that is unique and appealing. Does your practice see a lot of challenging, interesting cases? Do you offer a great work/life balance perfect for applicants with families? Share those kinds of details to draw interest from applicants who are excited to join your type of practice.

However, find a balance with the details in your job description. Some employers share so little information applicants literally know the practice has an opening in a specific specialty and the required certifications, but has zero information on the practice or area.

While other job descriptions go the other direction and include everything just shy of a legal disclaimer, which is unnecessarily wordy for an online job posting. Strive for 3-5 main ideas with a few points per section.

Think movie trailer, not feature film!
Finding the right applicant doesn't start with interviews. It starts with getting the right applicants. Write a better job description today.

Don’t waste a lot of time on the wrong resumes. Clarity is crucial on the important qualifications you are seeking, such as experience or certifications required, position title and responsibilities, shift/call hours, and expectations for providers working with your patients. These are great for a bullet point list.

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A better job description should include some of the details of your compensation package. A salary range is only a starting point. Include vacation time, loan repayment, moving expenses and if you offer compensated time for continuing education or offer at work classes for credit, these can be great selling points.

Applicants will see that you’re interested in caring for their careers and professional skills.

Lastly, intersperse the unique style and personality of your practice or community throughout the job description. Is it a fast-paced urgent care environment or laid-back family practice? Does the job offer lots of room for autonomy or is it a team environment?

Remember to see your description through the eyes of an applicant. “Busy practice” might sound good to you, but sound like “You’ll never see your family” to an applicant, so clarify what you mean – “bustling 9-5 practice” gives applicants the idea that they will see many patients but also be able to count on a regular schedule.

Finally, mastering the Millenial mindset!

Millenials will comprise 40% of the workforce by 2020, so learning what they are seeking from a job/career is essential in writing a job description that speaks to them.

Most millenials want to either work autonomously or work for a mentor figure in a collaborative environment rather than a traditional boss-subordinate role.

Work-life balance is important to them, but not how we might think. They want work and life as integrated parts of a whole, meaning more flexible schedules and respect for the life portion of their life.

In writing a job description that speaks to millenials, use words like team, collaboration, autonomy, and clearly state schedule expectations.

But they also really seek to make the world a better place and want to do important work, and are willing to work hard in an meaningful position. Show them the importance of your practice, how they will make a difference.

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Writing a better job description will help you hire someone who will make your practice more than a job, but as a home for their career.

And if you still need help, ask us! We are more than happy to help you with your posting. Contact PA-NP World today.

When to Look for a New Job
29 Dec

When to Look for a New Job

Are you considering changes in the new year? Is a new job on your list of resolutions?

We’ve all thought about quitting after a rough shift, but most of the time, we just need to go home, reset, and come back to fight another day.

So when is it time to really consider a new job?

Here are some basic guidelines to consider.

If you are not being respected in your role as a medical professional.

If you’re a recent grad, it can be humbling to learn how much you still need to learn after an intensive PA or NP program, but whether you are a recent graduate or have many years of experience, you should be treated with respect by the staff and your supervising physicians.

Are you able to ask questions, learn, make decisions, and grow? Does your collaborating physician welcome questions? Offer supportive criticism? Give you chances to expand your expertise? Are you encouraged to grow autonomously?

Is this job a position you would recommend to a friend? Take stock of your position from an outside perspective. Every job has its ups and downs, office politics, and personality conflicts, so you have to consider how those weigh on your experience before thinking about a new job.

If your job is not helping you meet your career goals.

Are you getting the experiences you need to further your career, your growth as a professional? Reflect on your current practice.

Freshen up your resumé.

By focusing on what others would see in your career, you can more easily decide if your current position is bringing you opportunities to learn and develop as a medical professional. A new job might add to that resumé if you find it looking a bit scant, but you do not want too short a tenure at any position either.

Are you too safe and comfortable in this position? An ideal job would be secure, but ask you to step outside your comfort zone once in awhile to treat something new, explore new treatment options, to get better at your job.Have you considered looking for a new job in 2016? We all have bad days at work, but when is leaving really a good idea? When should you look for a new job?

If your job doesn’t have the work/life balance you desire.

Some jobs are more work and less life, but they are exciting, interesting career builders or are temporarily hard as the person having the lowest seniority in the practice, but will shift as you’ve been there longer. Some jobs are just challenging. People’s lives hang in the balance. Do you thrive on work or want more time at home?

If you’re too stressed to be at your best.

If the sound of your pager sends you into a panic or turns your stomach into knots, that may NOT be the right place for you.

Humbly starting at the bottom is part of the process. But if you’re finding yourself completely burned out, it might be time to explore other options.

Each of us thrive in different environments. Don’t make yourself sick to make others well. Find a job that pushes you to excel, not crash, whatever that means for you.

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Time to find a new job?

Ask yourself what the ideal situation would be for you and create parameters for a job search:

  • Call/No call?
  • 7 on/7off or standard office 40 hr/wk?
  • No weekends/ evenings or standard hospital shifts?
  • Is location the issue? too far from family?
  • Want lots to do in your spare time? or a quiet place to raise a family?
  • Need more compensation/benefits/retirement? Loan repayment?

Take the time to evaluate these components before starting a job search this year, and if you decide the time for a change is right, remember not to burn your bridges at your current position: give plenty of notice, be positive about what you learned at this job, and what you were looking for in a new position.

Be sure to search PA NP World for just the right fit for you. We have jobs from across the entire country, every shape, size and compensation to fit your career needs.