How to Handle Medical Interviewer Personalities

July 11th, 2014

The job interview is both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. While you’re excited to have the in-person interview, you will be nervous about the possible questions and if your answers are on-target. This is the perfect time to show your professional personality and showcase your skill set and do your best to convince the interviewer that you are the best possible candidate for the open position. If you are prepared for the meeting, your interviewer will be the major variable; they could be difficult to talk to, cranky from interviewing all day, or annoyed they are responsible for this hiring process. How do you get through medical interviews when you encounter a difficult personality in the interviewer?

3 Tips to Help You With Your Next Interview.

  1. Know the company.
    Just because the job is familiar to you, the company may do things differently and you should know this information. Not everything will be available online but you should be able to hold a conversation about what you know regarding the company history and their target patients. When the interviewer can see that you have prepared, they are more likely to take you seriously.
  2. Prepare for the questions.
    They may ask the routine questions and you should be ready to answer them, even if you feel the questions are dated. Medical interviews are sometimes conducted to see how you handle pressure, less than comfortable situations, and even how well you interact with others. The interviewer may be feigning difficulty to test your interpersonal skills.
  3. Remain professional.
    In spite of being nervous, flustered, or even upset by the attitude of the interviewer, stay calm and answer politely. You will never regret handling a difficult medical interviewer with courtesy. It is possible that person is simply having a bad day and they are not their usual, friendly self. When you react politely and with confidence, you are showcasing your ability to work well with others, even difficult patients.

As with any job interview, don’t let your nerves or initial impression dictate how you handle yourself. Think back to a situation with a difficult patient that you worked through and they eventually became your favorite patient. It happens in life situations so it can happen in an interview but you have the ability to make a positive outcome even with the most difficult personality.

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What is ICD-10 and how will it Impact you?

February 28th, 2014

For those in the medical field, ICD-10 is something that has been part of your vocabulary for a while and most health care professionals wonder how the newest procedures, set to be adopted in October 2014, will affect them. If you are wondering about the impact, you are not alone. Since 1983, this medical classification list has provided the ability for those in the industry to track new diagnosis and classify medical issues. It has streamlined the diagnosis process and helped prevent confusion in the international health care field.  This continues to be a driving force in better care throughout all healthcare facilities in the country and within the world. Changes bring the need to learn what is different and to also know how your practice will be affected.

Forward Progress
ICD-10 is the biggest change in standard healthcare coding system in decades and the transition from ICD-9 to 10 will impact every aspect of the healthcare coding system that uses a diagnosis code. There are no exceptions for a grace period and when it switches, it’s done. Over 25 countries are already poised to accept the classifications and this will create a streamlined medical system for every country involved. It will help with the following aspects of medical care:

  • Payments and insurance issues: When the diagnosis, procedures, and classifications are the same, they can be processed faster and more efficiently.
  • Reduce errors. With a simple classification system, everyone will be on the same page instead of trying to read and interpret what others have written down and passed on.
  • Increase precision.  Each diagnosis can be more exact and clear for others to understand.

An example of the forward progress being made is along the lines of how ICD-9 is not “left or right” specific so instead of a code stating, “broken wrist”, the new code will say “left broken wrist.” It is easy to see how this will help the medical community in the future.

How to Prepare
Because the new codes will be more specific, it will take some time for you and your staff to remember and learn what should be included. In the past, you may have classified something differently or just used a generic term but now you will be required to use the right code. It may take time to sort through the options but in the end it will save time due to the lack of errors avoided with the correct coding. The learning curve will be the biggest hurdle of ICD-10 for the majority of facilities and team members but with proper training, it can be minimized.

Pinnacle is poised to work with clients to properly implement ICD-10 and with the latest staff innovations, each team member can have the necessary knowledge to perform at your facility. Have additional questions? Contact us today!

Reasons to Stay in Contact with Your Medical Recruiter (After You Have Been Placed)

February 21st, 2014

The job is yours and a sense of relief washes over you. Now it’s time to start the next chapter of your life, working in a career you love and in a company where you can grow. After sending a quick ‘thank-you’ email to the medical recruiter who placed you, you embark on this exciting journey and time spent on resumes, interview prep, and your recruiter’s phone number become a thing of the past. Before you forget about that recruiter and stop updating your resume, you may want to reconsider at least staying in contact with the person who got you the job. Even though you are happy with the new job, it is never a smart idea, in any economy, to be closed to new opportunities or neglect networking with those in your field.

Increase your Circle
Your personal network is one of the most valuable assets you have in your life. Some are there for you in personal ways while others support you professionally but regardless of their role, they are your circle, your connections. These are the first people you turn to when you need help or to share good news and your medical recruiter should become part of your professional circle. While it’s not necessary to talk on a daily basis, regularly checking-in with them will prove to be beneficial for several reasons:

  1. They are your advocate. This is one person in your professional life that wants to help you and will do what they can for you to achieve success.  They have proven their abilities to you by placing you in the position you currently have so it is safe to assume they have your best interest in mind for future placement.
  2. Increase your personal network. It’s important to keep in mind that as you grow in your career, you’ll meet new people and they may come back into your life again at some point so you should treat everyone well. If you have connections at other medical facility it doesn’t mean you are switching jobs but you can learn from their situations and practices to improve yours. There may be a time in the future when you need to change jobs and having the people in place to help ahead of time can be a time and stress reliever.
  3. You can give back. It feels good to assist someone else and your medical recruiter is no exception. They got you in a great job so why not send friends and family to them when they need to be placed? If you stay in contact with the medical recruiter, you’ll see their available jobs and can send business their way.

Throughout your job search, your recruiter probably became your friend and someone who provided objective advice to you on a regular basis. They are someone you want to keep in your life for the long haul not only as someone you may need but as someone you appreciate for the work they did for you.

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