5 Steps to Interviewing for an Internal Medicine Physician Job Opportunity at Northwest Permanente

August 10, 2016

At Northwest Permanente, physicians work according to the same patient-centered values that originally drove them to become doctors. They take part in shaping the future of medicine, as they participate in an integrated system that encourages innovative initiatives in healthcare. They gain access to international networks, leadership opportunities, and other impressive employment benefits including health insurance, disability, retirement, relocation bonuses, signing bonuses, and more. At Northwest Permanente, physicians are proud, supported and engaged.

How will you launch your career as an Internal Medicine physician with Northwest Permanente? Recruiters and leading physicians offer insight into the application and interviewing process, including key tips to help you shine amongst other applicants:

1) Apply Online

Begin by searching for job postings online to find an opportunity suitable to your skill set. Visit our Job Board, “follow” our LinkedIn page and “like” our Facebook page, and search job posting websites such as Health eCareers and Career MD.

Customize your CV for the specific job opportunity you desire, while also portraying experiences such as: undergraduate and medical school programs, residency and fellowship programs, licensure, Board Certification or eligibility, and professional experiences. To complete the application online, you will also submit a cover letter. In your cover letter, explain your ideal practice, your passion for medicine, and how your past experiences have prepared you for the opportunity you seek.

Often, serious applicants also reach out to our recruiters through email to express interest and state that they’ve applied online. At this point, contact your references to let them know that you’ve applied for a position. They may soon be contacted by a member of our Northwest Permanente recruiting team.

2) Info Call

If we feel that you are a strong candidate after reviewing your CV and cover letter, one of our recruiters or physicians will reach out to you via phone call. This is an informative phone call, both for you and for us.

During this call, we will discuss the opportunity, the practice, your career goals, and expectations for potential next steps in the hiring process. The following questions outline a few of our objectives for this call:

  • Do you know our philosophy on medicine? At this point, we would like to see that you’ve done your research on Kaiser Permanente and Northwest Permanente. We are an integrated, patient-centered healthcare system.
  • Is your top priority to provide quality care to patients? Our Medicare Plan has received a 5-star rating, the highest overall rating of quality and service.
  • Do you want to live and work in the Northwest? Why? Who else is involved in that decision? We are looking to launch careers.
  • Can you demonstrate that you are serious about this opportunity? It may take 2-3 months to get a license to work as a physician in Oregon and Washington. Have you already applied for a state license? This may show us that you are truly committed to a career with Northwest Permanente.

3) Skills Survey

The next step is the skills survey. For this survey, we reach out to your references to understand your strengths as a candidate. We will ask for up to five professional references, two of which should be at the manager level. We will seek both written and verbal references that include subjective comments and numerical measurement of skills. If your skills survey is up to the standard of our physician requirements, you will be contacted for an in-person interview.

4) Interview

The in-person interview is led by the senior leadership of your potential department. You will likely meet and interview with the chief of the department, multiple people on your potential departmental team, and senior leadership that is not necessarily department specific.

During the interviews, your interviewers will gauge your fit with our organization and your potential department. Overall fit requires a strong work ethic, a devotion to quality care, a commitment to patient satisfaction, and a high level of expertise in your specialty.

Fit with Northwest Permanente involves an interest in the aspects of our organization that make it unique. Are you excited to work in a large organization with a network of support? Do you appreciate the chance to focus on clinical work? What opportunities offered by a career at Northwest Permanente interest you: leadership, management, research, patient-experience initiatives, innovation, etc.?

Interviewers will also gauge departmental fit. Every department fosters a specific culture that requires a distinct fit.

Remember, we want to understand your passion, your commitment, and your exceptional talents as a physician. Be prepared to answer the following questions during interviews:

  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • Why did you leave/why are you leaving your job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your goals?
  • What makes you stand out from other candidates?
  • How do you work to improve patient care?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What do you know about our medical group?
  • What would your references say are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

You should also be ready to discuss the following topics of conversation:

  • Health care team roles
  • Effective conflict resolution
  • Creative problem solving
  • Resource stewardship
  • Service orientation (Listening, Communicating, Responding)
  • Experience with computerized clinical information systems

5) Tour

The last step of the hiring process is a tour of the facility. This is your opportunity to get the feel of the space you would work in every day. This is your chance to ask yourself, “Can I see myself here?” Fit, of course, is a two-way street.

We always appreciate interest in Northwest Permanente and are happy to assist you in the application process. Please, feel free to reach out to our recruiters with questions.

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