Working as a hospitalist can be a great opportunity to embark on or extend a medical career. If you are interviewing for a job as a hospitalist, these are a few of the questions you can expect to be asked:
Why did you choose a career as a hospitalist?
This is likely the most important question you will be asked during your interview. In addition to your answer providing information about who you are and what career goals you have set, it will also help with every decision made for you from this point forward. You need to be honest and detailed in your answer. This allows the hospitalist company to determine if your expectations for the job are reasonable.
Have you worked as a hospitalist in the past?
Working as a hospitalist is a unique experience, so if you have done it before, you should share that information with the hospitalist company. Not having experience in a position like this is not a detriment to being hired, but if you “know the ropes” it can help you with placement.
What are your salary expectations?
Hospitalist salaries can range a great deal, depending on the experience of the doctor joining the staff. Hospitalist salaries also vary by region and by shift. Just be clear about what you want to earn and the hospitalist company can find an opportunity that is right for you financially.
Do you see yourself in this position long-term?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as there might be with other jobs. Most hospitalist companies do not expect doctors to stay in a position for a long time. You are better off being honest and upfront when you interview because it will help to place you in the right position.
Are you a team player?
This is a standard interview questions and most applicants provide fairly standard, sometimes misleading, answers. The truth is, working as a hospitalist truly requires you to be a team player. You will be joining a staff that has likely formed a strong bond and you will be coming in as an outsider. As functional as your purpose is and as helpful as it will be for the hospital to have you on staff, it can be a tough adjustment as you get to know new people. Being accepted and feeling as if you are part of the team could take some effort on your part, but it will benefit the staff and patients in the future.
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