Dear New Grad PTs and PT Students,
When you get to the end of your first (and every other) interview, the company is going to ask you if you have any questions. If you’re me, then you’ll scramble to ask a superficial question that you probably could’ve figured out from the company website. Then you’ll go home and think of endless meaningful questions that you could’ve asked instead.
You won’t do that. Instead, you’ll refer back to these three questions:
1. How do you measure success in this role?
This question does way more than just give you an idea of the expectations for the role. It can help you clue into what the company values. Do they mention the number of patients per day? Do they mention your influence in the community? Do they discuss patient interaction? Do they have a clear answer or not?
2. What do you do really well? What could you do better?
Ask this question to multiple different people throughout the day. This helps you get an idea about what the company is proud of, what the employees enjoy/value, and what they feel needs improvement. Are these the things that you also value? Are the areas they say they need to improve deal breakers for you?
3. Can I see today’s/this week’s schedule?
The schedule gives you a snapshot of what it is like working there. How long are appointments? Are patients overlapping? Do they take lunch? Is there documentation time? Seeing the schedule is a good representation of a day there, but if possible always request to shadow so you can see the clinic in action.
Finding the right fit can sometimes feel overwhelming, but these questions can help you make a more informed decision! Good luck job hunting and don’t hesitate to DM us if you have anything we can help you with!
Jenna and The Professional Rebellion