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Dear Derm Authority: What are important questions to ask when interviewing for a new job?

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What are the most important questions to ask when interviewing for a new job?

Interviewing is a critical step in the job hunting process.  Prospective employers look for candidates to ask them questions just as much as they like to ask them.  It shows that you are interested in the position and have thoughtful questions prepared about what future employment might be like with them.  Here are some important questions to get you started,

Are you an independent contractor (1099) or an employee (W2)?

What is the restrictive covenant? How far is it and what locations?

How do you deal with compensation for licensure, DEA, malpractice, society memberships, CME, IPAs?

How many patients do you see and how many do you expect me to see?

How long is the patient wait time on average?

If I’m looking for part-time now, would there be an opportunity to switch to full-time later if desired?

Is there a minimum number of hours required to get policies?

How many nurses and/or medical assistants will I have?

How many employees do you currently have? How many are part-time and how many full-time?

How is the practice broken up (e.g., medical, surgery, cosmetics)?

What are an associate’s responsibilities (e.g., take calls, order cosmetic supplies)?

Does an associate have to have affiliation with hospital including doing consult months for hospital?

Is this an office-based position only or would I be expected to visit nursing homes?

What are the patient demographics within the practice’s location?

Where are specimens sent for testing? Do I have a choice as to where my pathology goes?

How do you get referrals? Are there restrictions from outside jobs?

What is your payer mix (cash vs. insurance vs. Medicare)?

Is the expansion of your practice to additional locations on your future agenda?

Why are you seeking a new employee at this time?

Is there opportunity for partnerships? If so, what are the terms?

What types of insurance do you have (e.g., disability group/individual, life, health, malpractice)?

Do you contribute to any expenses, such as cell phone, CME, society dues, etc.?

What are associates entitled to when it comes to benefits, vacation days, and the control over his/her schedule?

Are products sold within the practice? Would I have an opportunity to receive commission from them?


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