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4 Questions to Ask in a General Practitioner Interview

Interview nerves can be easily solved with taking some time to plan and prepare to ensure you are set up for success. Not only does it give you an opportunity to reflect on your experience (as we tend to forget/skip over some areas) It also allows you to think about key issues and past situations where you can really show off your skills in the right way!

Be ready to answer the basics, the regular questions that always appear:

  • Tell me about your experience to date?
  • Talk me through your day to day duties?
  • Why are you thinking of leaving your current position?
  • What are you hoping for from your next role?

Towards the end of most interviews the Principle GP or Practice Manager will allow you some time to ask your own questions. It is advised to have questions prepared and ready to ask!

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Not sure what question to ask? Here are some for you to choose from:

1. Are there opportunities for training and progression within the role/company?

  • A great question to start with! Not only are you indicating your goal of growth and progression but you are also showing an interest in longevity and continuous professional development as a General Practitioner or Doctor.

2. Can you tell me more about the team I would be working in?

  • Understanding the team that will be available to support you is a great way to understand how the role will work into the future. Will there be administrative support? Is there a practice manager? Is there a practice nurse available to help with consultations etc?

3. Where do you think the company is headed in the next five years?

  • Again another good question to show your interest in the company and client and not just the role. Is there room for your progression? Is the practice expanding? Is there an opportunity for you to upskill?

4. What is the performance review plan in place for new starters?

  • Understanding the review and performance evaluation system will support you to ease into the role and ensure there are no surprises of the responsibilities required in the practice.

And more importantly, here are some questions for you to avoid!

  • Asking questions on session rate and remuneration can leave a bad lasting impression on the person who is interviewing you. 
  • Querying working hours and patterns can also show that your motivation to move roles or progress may not be for the reason that they would like to see.

All of these questions can indeed be asked AFTER the interview is completed and a good recruiter will get these answers for you, should you be successful.

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Posted on 12 May 2023 by Laura Mulchrone
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