Interview Questions Guide

September 25, 2012

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Questions to Ask

Provided below is a guide of useful questions to ask in the job searching process.

General Interview Questions:

  • How long have you been searching for this position?
  • When do you want someone to start?
  • What type of candidate (skills/education) will best meet the organizations needs?
  • What are the long–term plans/goals of the organization/group?
  • Describe the current referral patterns.
  • Are other physicians supportive of the search?
  • What non–clinical duties are required?

Questions to Avoid:

  • Don’t negotiate/debate money issues on the initial visit.
    1. Let your recruiter do it for you – 3rd party
    2. You don’t want to close any doors that may not be closed yet
    3. Don’t allow money to come up too soon
  • Offensive Comments
    1. Small town
    2. Hospital/equipment
    3. Staff

Questions Neurologist Should Ask:


Subspecialty:

Do you have a sub–specialty fellowship or sub–specialty interest?
What percentage of your day/week do you do your sub–specialty?
How many cases do you do a month?
Are you doing?

Procedures:

What procedures are being done now?

  • CAT, MRI, EEG, EMG, NMR, Angiograms, Spinal Taps
  • Pain Management
  • Sleep Studies – Who controls the sleep lab?
How many procedures are being done in a month/year?
What types of cases are being seen?

Practice Structure:

How is the Practice Structured?

  • Group, Partnership, Solo, Hospital employee?
How is call structured?
How busy is call?
How many hospitals does the group/practice cover?
What equipment do you own? 
Is there a possibility of buying into that part of the practice?

Volume:

How many patients are seen in a given week?
How many procedures are done a month/year?
What percentage of each type of case?

Relationships:

Biggest areas of politics with Sleep Medicine, Pain Management, and Imaging?
Control of the Sleep Lab can be an issue with Pulmonology.
Some Pain Management Anesthesiologists may have a problem with Neurologists doing pain management.
Imaging can be competitive as well.