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What should I look out for in a new job interview?

I have an interview at a new practice ­ what advice can you give me, and what should I look out for?

Despite the crisis in general practice, individual practices are still choosy when taking on partners or salaried doctors, and will wait and re-advertise rather than appoint someone about whom they have doubts. So you therefore prepare for this interview as if there were another 20 equally well-qualified candidates wanting the post. Points to remember include:

 · Attend on time, dressed smartly ­ even if your normal attire is combats and facial piercings.

 · Be familiar with what you have written in your CV, and be prepared to expand on any of it.

 · Find out the names of the partners and key staff in advance. Try to remember who is who during the interview. Use formal titles rather than first names unless instructed otherwise.

 · Do some research about the practice so you can ask informed questions and give the impression you want this particular post. Your interviewers will want to tell you about themselves and their practice.

Remember, interviewers expect to be asked about money, but it is best avoided until after the clinical aspects have been discussed.

The interview is a two-way process, and you should be making your own judgment about whether you want to join this practice.

 · What is the main focus of the practice ­

patients or profit?

 · What will your workload be?

 · Are there property ownership issues?

 · Is there a mutual assessment period, and what will your salary be during this time? How long

till parity?

 · Can you see the accounts? Do not settle for a vague response. Ask for a timescale within which your own accountant will receive a copy.

Above all, trust your instinct. If you feel uncomfortable inside the surgery building, if the staff appear offhand or unhappy, if you dislike one of the partners or the practice manager on sight, or if you feel the job requirements do not match your skills, regard the interview as a rehearsal and start looking at the back pages of Pulse again.

Questions from GPs in the early stages of their career




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