Steps to a Successful Interview

At first glance, conducting an interview seems simple. The process normally includes meeting, asking questions, and in the end, making a choice between two options – yes or no.

As simple as the process may seem, the interview often proves difficult, time consuming, and emotionally draining. The choice to extend or accept an offer can be exciting; however, a wrong decision can have long lasting adverse effects for both the physician and medical group.

A successful interview includes three phases:


Being prepared for the interview is more difficult than it seems. Our consultants will review many different ways to prepare for the interview, including: dress code, steps of the interviewing process, and common pitfalls. A little effort made before the interview can go a long way. A well prepared interview can save time and money.


Questions make or break the interview. However, questions seem to be one of the most overlooked and underestimated steps of the process. Timing, tone, structure, and intent must be planned in advance to ensure a successful outcome. One misplaced question can turn off either prospective party in an interview. Columbia consultants will help develop specific questions catered to the needs of the employer or physician. Well developed questions will increase the chance of discovering the right fit.


The interview does not end after the first meeting. Many interviews have multiple steps and multiple candidates. The follow-up to the interview is an opportunity to set the physician or employer apart from the competition. There is a right and a wrong way to decline a position. There is also a right and wrong way to accept one.

The consultants at Columbia Healthcare can give guidance on how to prepare, complete, and follow-up on an interview. Our assistance can reduce the risk of a bad fit and increase the chance of a successful outcome for the employer and the candidate. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.