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“Cultural fit” seems to be a buzzword in our current climate when organizations talk about finding the right candidate for the position. While it seems like the health care organizations are the only ones who should be concerned with cultural fit, healthcare providers should be as well. Finding the right position means more than just finding one offering the right compensation package – you also need to find the place you can see yourself being happy for the long term.

To help increase the chances that you find the right opportunity, here is how to assess your cultural fit with prospective employers during your healthcare job search.

1. Tap Into Your Network

Between training, conference attendance, and former positions, chances are you are familiar with another healthcare provider who is familiar with or even worked for the organizations you’re considering. Ask for their input, using open ended questions to get the most detailed responses.

 

2. Do Some Research

While most candidates will google an organization and peruse their website, learning whether or not the organization will be a good cultural fit requires a bit more digging. Look through an organization’s social media profiles (many larger organizations have specific candidate facing sites that show off culture) and the reviews from current and past employees on sites like Glassdoor. This will give you an idea of the organization’s mission and values, as well as the impressions of other employees.

 

3. Find Existing Employees

Pretty much everyone has an online footprint today, including things like a Linkedin account. This goes for existing employees at an organization as well. Candidates can gain some insight by looking at the ratings and reviews for the providers at their prospective practice online (sites like Healthgrades and RateMD), or review their training, interests, and experience through their Linkedin profiles. This will help give you a general idea of who they are and what their practice style may be like.

 

4. Pay Attention on the Site Visit

When trying to recruit a new healthcare provider, organizations should roll out the red carpet. Whether you’re a physician, an advanced practice provider, or a mid-level provider, the organization should make you feel welcome and wanted during a site visit. More than that, the site visit offers them the opportunity to showcase their culture and administrative organization. During the site visit, make sure to pay attention to how well it’s organized (you’ll often be interviewing with multiple people), the overall demeanor of the other employees, and if any areas seem stressed and short staffed.

 

5. Assess Lifestyle Fit

Every physician has different views of what their work-life balance will look like. Some want to be able to transition to part-time if a family matter arises, others want to have a full-time schedule with no call and standard hours, and still others want to be incredibly busy. Make sure to ask plenty of questions regarding lifestyle, such as:

  • Are there opportunities to be busier and increase volume (like taking extra ER call)?
  • How often do physicians get called into the hospital?
  • What does an average day look like for you?
  • Are there opportunities to go from part-time to full-time, or vice versa?

Online reviews, like those uncovered in steps above, can also help give you an idea as to what past employees thought about the organization and why they left.

Key Take Aways:

  • Learn as much as you can about the organization by reviewing their social media accounts, website, and employer review sites
  • Pay close attention and ask pointed questions during the site visit to get a better idea of how well they’re organized, the demeanor of the employees, and what the lifestyle is like
  • Use your network – online and in person – to learn more about what you’re colleagues have to say about working with the organization or about the physicians currently there