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Going on an Interview? 9 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Future Employer By Stephanie RodinAs a new physician, it’s just as important for you to interview a prospective employer as it is for them to interview you. Doing so addresses both your desire to protect yourself in the future, as well as making sure that you’re joining a practice that works for you in the present.

When negotiating your future employment, get definitive answers in the beginning rather than waiting until you get the written contract; the employer will be more inclined to say “yes” when they are courting you. For that reason, when the employer approaches you with a proposed salary and benefits package, be sure to ask additional questions, like the following:

  • Will you cover my professional liability policy?
  • Will you pay for my continuing education costs and licenses?
  • Will you cover my hospital staff privileges?
  • Will you pay for my transportation costs?
  • Will you cover relocation expenses?
  • Will I get a laptop or a cell phone as part of the job?
  • Will you cover my health insurance for both me and my family?
  • Is there a 401K policy that I can participate in?
  • Will there be an opportunity for me to become a partner or shareholder in the practice?

These questions can be brought up in person, over the phone or even through email – the important point is that they get asked. Also useful is technology like FaceTime and Skype, which make it possible to conquer long distances for face-to-face meetings.

If the employer is genuine in wanting you to be a part of their practice, inquiring about your future career will not turn them off. In fact, let it serve as a big red flag to you if a prospective employer is evasive or reluctant to answer your questions.

These conversations may be intimidating, but inquiring during the negotiation phase is an excellent way to make your expectations known to the prospective employer – and to influence what will be expected of you. Considering that most contracts are of a two- or three-year duration, it is especially wise to be thorough, ask questions and get good representation to assist you.

STEPHANIE J. RODIN, ESQ.Stephanie J. Rodin, Esq.
Rodin Legal, P.C.
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