Searching for a job is hard work. But just finding someone who wants to hire you is only half the task. You also need to find a place where you want to work. The medical position you take should be as good a fit for you as you are for the practice. Here are a few tips to make sure that happens and avoid a nightmare job.
Do Your Research
As soon as you know there’s a chance you might want or get a certain job, you need to start doing in-depth research. Here are some things to look for:
- Find out about their physician and staff turnover rate. The national average for annual physician turnover is 8% in hospitals and 6% in clinics/group practices. Anything higher is a red flag.
- Check out the hospital or practice online to see if you can find reviews from patients, employees, and former employees. Glassdoor is a good place to start.
- Take questions to the interview. As the interviews progress, find out whether you’ll receive a base salary or if your income is based on productivity. Ask how they’ll evaluate your performance. Learn if the contract would include a non-compete clause. And get the answers to any other questions you have.
Check Out Your Team
The people you’d be working with can give you a good idea as to whether or not this job is a good fit for you. Talk to as many of the people who would be on your team as you can, including the person you’d report to. If they seem unprofessional, disrespectful, or unhappy in their jobs now when they’re trying to hire you, it’ll probably only get worse when you’re working there.
Talking with your potential colleges also gives you an idea of what kind of work atmosphere exists in the practice. Ideally, they’ll be happy to share what it’s like to work there and give you an insider’s look at whether or not you’d be a good fit.
Watch For Red Flags
Researching the company should turn up any red flags about their reputation. And talking with the employees should let you know if there are concerns about the working environment and company culture. As you get closer to potentially signing a contract with this practice, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for these red flags:
- Unprofessional communication. For example, they cancel interviews without contacting you, evade questions, ignore your calls, etc.
- Antagonistic interviewers. It’s normal for interviewers to run background checks. But if they actively mistrust you, that’s a sign they’ll be suspicious bosses.
- Unclear expectations. They should be able to tell you what you’ll be expected to do, how many hours you’ll be working, and what success in your role looks like.
- Pushy hiring managers. It’s a red flag when someone is pressuring you to sign a contract before you’ve had a chance to finish your research into the job.
Hire A Professional
Getting an outside opinion is always a good idea when making big decisions like signing a physician contract. Working with an expert adviser or independent recruiter will help you make sure you’re not getting trapped in an abusive contract.
RadCoverage can also help you early in the job search so you can narrow down your options to the medical jobs that would be the best fit for you. We also offer assistance with CV preparation, getting ready for interviews, negotiating offers, and interstate or international licensing. Contact us today for more details.