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The Interview

Discovery Resource # ST-06
Resource Topic: Interviewing
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Search & Interview
Description: Two sides to the “job coin”
There are few moments more frightening than coming face-to-face with a Grizzly.

While a prospective employer is not a life-threatening adversary like a Grizzly, for unprepared residents, the first interview can be just as frightening.

How will you prepare for interviews? What questions will YOU ask? What questions will THEY ask? What do you wear? How will you follow up?

In this chapter, you will research job openings and organizations that may be a potential match with your priorities. Then you’ll prepare for interviews by identifying appropriate questions and preparing your responses to common interview questions. By the end, you’ll be ready to face interviews with confidence rather than fright.
While there are always new challenges in any adventure, with good preparation you’ll put your best foot forward and identify a good opportunity quickly!

Get your shoes shined. We’re going out
  • Prepare for job interviews, including how to communicate effectively during a job interview.
  • Dress for success.
  • Develop a winning mindset, self-awareness, and practical interviewing strategies.
  • Answer tough questions during a job interview.
  • Differentiate yourself from the applicant pool and position yourself for a job offer.
  • Effectively follow up after job interviews.
Author: Todd Skertich
Todd Skertich, founder & director of content at Adventures in Medicine; creator and author of Career and Life Planning Guidebook for Medical Residents; Career and Life Planning Workbook for Medical Residents; and creator of

Todd is the managing partner of Arlington HealthCare (AHC), a physician placement firm, and has helped facilitate more than 10,000 physician interviews, completed over 2,000 permanent physician placements and negotiated over $500,000,000 in physician compensation.

In addition to receiving a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, Todd completed an intensive study at Purdue University on Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal achievement, including “Definiteness of Purpose.” He utilizes these principals extensively in coaching new residents and helping physicians with their job searches.

Author: Julia Zimmerman
Julia Zimmerman,
Vice President, SwedishAmerican Medical Group BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As a member of the leadership team of SwedishAmerican Health System, Julia directs physician recruitment and retention and serves as administrator of employed physician services. In 1993, she led the development of SwedishAmerican Medical Group (SAMG) with the acquisition of 23 local physicians. With a focus on physician leadership, SAMG has grown to over 190 employed providers and is the most-preferred group in northern Illinois.

According to Julia, “After an intense and comprehensive interview process, our physicians become members of the SwedishAmerican family, not just new employees. We foster long-term relationships with comprehensive orientation and mentoring programs, on-site child care and sick-child care, and even a concierge service. These unique benefits help us attract and retain great candidates and help them balance success at work and at home.”