Preparing for Virtual Physician Job Interviews
How often do you proofread an email or text before hitting send? Have you fallen into the habit of tapping out abbreviations? For friendly conversations, these communication shortcuts are generally acceptable and get the message across. When it comes to corresponding with a potential employer or physician recruiter, however—even at a time when many things, including interviews, can be done by computer—a traditional style can produce favorable responses.
With that in mind, take a few minutes to review these timeless job search etiquette recommendations and how they can be adapted to make the most of today’s technology.
Positive, Professional First Impressions
Email long has been the norm for communications between providers seeking professional opportunities and recruiters looking to fill open physician jobs. Still, there is something to be said about the more formal tone common in printed cover letters.
When corresponding with a healthcare recruiter or facility representative, convey a business-like presentation. Your message doesn’t have to be void of personality. Rather, simply take a moment to read your message, looking for typos, misspellings, incomplete sentences, etc.
As you build relationships with recruiters, like All Star Healthcare Solutions’ knowledgeable and dedicated consultants, and/or facility administrators, it’s generally acceptable to become a bit more relaxed in exchanges. However, it is always a best practice to reread a message before you click “send.”
Interview Ins and Outs
Video interviews, which require a different set of skills, have become popular over the past few years and may be preferred over onsite interviews, especially if distance is a factor. If you are preparing for an interview via Zoom, for instance, you should first make sure you have the right technology and that it is fully functional. To ensure a good experience, do a couple of test runs. This way, you will have time to adjust and troubleshoot technical hiccups before the appointment begins. Then:
- Find a quiet, well-lit space where you won’t be interrupted.
- Select a professional or neutral background. If your room doesn’t have an uncluttered setting, most video programs allow you to select a virtual background. Should you use this option, be sure to choose something that reflects your professionalism.
- Close out or silence other programs to avoid unexpected noises or alerts. Also, running only the video software helps prevent computer and/or Wi-Fi slowdowns.
- Position the camera so it shows more than just your head but also at an angle where you can comfortably look straight into it.
- If you are using a smartphone or tablet, make sure it is fully charged.
Also, it’s important to note it may take a little practice getting used to being on camera. Here are a couple of things you can do to help set the tone for a positive exchange:
- Dress as if you are meeting the hospital representative(s) in person.
- Pause a second or two before speaking to avoid talking on top of the person(s) conducting the interview. It’s typical to experience a slight audio delay.
his step is still recommended, but your message can be sent electronically. A post-interview thank-you note—sent within 24 hours of the interview—is your opportunity to make a lasting impression. It is also where you can provide additional information, thank the people you interviewed with, and express your interest in the position. As with your initial communication(s), take the time to thoroughly proofread your email.
Healthcare recruiters with All Star Healthcare Solutions’ Direct Hire and Locums Divisions can advise on how to shine as a candidate, too. Call us today at 800-928-0229, or contact us online!