In the world of medical recruitment, interviews are crucial for assessing potential candidates’ suitability for a position. However, not every encounter goes as planned. In this article, we delve into some truly memorable and cringe-worthy interviews with doctors that left us baffled, amused, and perhaps a tad concerned. From unexpected background noise to astonishing admissions, these anecdotes serve as cautionary tales and reminders that even the most seasoned professionals can sometimes miss the mark.
1. The Unwanted Party Soundtrack:
During a phone interview with a nurse practitioner, one candidate decided to set the stage with a lively party in the background. The laughter and chatter provided an unexpected soundtrack to an otherwise professional conversation. While we appreciate the importance of work-life balance, it’s safe to say that hearing someone yell out “Jello shots” in the background doesn’t quite align with a serious job discussion.
2. The Unprepared Virtuoso:
It’s not uncommon for candidates to research a potential employer before an interview. However, one physician assistant managed to amaze us by seemingly neglecting this step entirely. When I asked them if they looked up anything about our clinic, they quickly said no, and asked who I was with again The icing on the cake is when they asked for me to email them a blurb about my practice and why they should work for me. It’s a reminder that taking a few moments to understand the basics can go a long way in creating a favorable impression.
3. The Candid Confession:
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, and sometimes, the truth slips out in unexpected ways. A nurse practitioner shared their journey of failing their boards not once, not twice, but a staggering three times. I am not knocking them for not passing. However, their uncertainty about pursuing a career in medicine left me taken aback. While vulnerability is admirable, an interview might not be the best time to ponder the suitability of one’s profession. Telling the owner of the clinic “I don’t know if I even want to be in medicine afterall” is not the best line to say during an interview.
4. The Misplaced Expertise:
A family practice doctor seeking a new opportunity with our clinic raised eyebrows when highlighting their in in-office liposuction and cosmetic surgery history with a med spa run by a NP down the road from one of our locations. While versatility is commendable, these skills seemed oddly placed in a context far removed from their stated specialty. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to detailing one’s experiences. I appreciate the honesty, but listing a weekend course you took and highlighting how you are doing lipo in office as a family practice doctor makes us question if you know your own limitations.
5. The Unconventional Entrepreneur:
While adaptability during challenging times is commendable, not all ventures are meant to be celebrated. A doctor proudly mentioned their involvement in an online ivermectin prescription service during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the venture was short-lived as it got shut down. This case serves as a reminder that innovation should always be guided by ethics and medical standards.
6. The Time Traveler
We are located in the central time zoon. The doctor interviewing also put that they are in the same city as us. We agreed upon a certain time for interview. To our confusion, the person stated that they were on vacation in another time zone and somehow forgot about that to change the requested zoom meeting.
Instead of saying sorry and working with us, this person replied with ” Well I know we agreed on 4:30 central time zoon, but 4:30 eastern time zone works for me so please send me the link and I will do the interview then.”
Interviews can be both enlightening and entertaining, as these stories of remarkably bad doctor interviews have shown. While these anecdotes might make you chuckle or cringe, they also emphasize the importance of preparation, professionalism, and appropriate context. As we navigate the world of medical recruitment, let’s remember that even in the most unexpected moments, there are valuable lessons to be learned.