A physiatrist recently went on a job interview and was checking his blackberry several times during the interview.    The employer later informed me that he was not interested in the physician because he did not seem to have an interest in the job because he was  checking his blackberry often.  When I checked with the doctor, he said that he was on call so that was why he was checking his blackberry and that he indeed had an interest in the opportunity.   This was an unfortunate turn of events.

Don’t use telephones during an interview.  If this is not possible, explain the reason to all the interviewers and limit your use.

The most common interview  no-no’s are appearing disinterested, appearing arrogant, and talking negatively about current or previous employers, according to Career Builder’s poll.  It’s important to inform the practice/hospital of your abilities but not to the point of bragging.

Always leave plenty of time to get to an interview.  It’s easy to get caught up with patients, get caught in a traffic jam, or get lost.  First impressions are key and late arrivals do not make a good impression.

To show your interest, look at the person who is talking with you.  If you truly are disinterested, maintain an aura of interest because who knows, you might run into the same practice/hospital another time so you want to leave a positive impression.