Dr. Tina Latimer’s Tips for Mastering the Zoom Interview

By August 17, 2020 No Comments

As Regional Medical Director of Alteon Health, Tina Latimer, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP, knows more than a thing or two about clinical candidate interviews.

In the days of COVID-19, many Medical Directors are turning to virtual interviews in order to protect the health and safety of their candidates, colleagues, and patients.

And while this change has certainly led to some “interesting” interviews, there is no reason residents and attending physicians can’t make a great impression via video chat.

Here are Dr. Latimer’s top tips for mastering the Zoom interview:

1) First impressions are everything. 

Medical Directors want to see a well composed future attending from the start. Conduct the video interview in a professional setting such as your home office.

  • Ensure there is enough lighting for you to be seen
  • Dress professionally, as you would for an in-person interview.
  • Elevate your camera level, so you appear at-level or below the camera. This is a much more professional angle than holding the camera below your face as you typically would on FaceTime.

2) Two-way video is critical.

  • Prior to the interview, you should set an expectation with both the recruiter and Medical Director that this will be an interview with both audio and video.
  • Trouble-shoot your audio-video connection ahead of the meeting time. Having difficulty with teleconferencing technology and/or being late to the interview due to technical challenges does not give off a good first impression.

3) Ask the Medical Director to meet the EM/HM team.

This can be done in two ways:

  • The Medical Director can take you on a virtual video tour around the department and introduce on-shift physicians and APPs to the candidate. Medical Directors can also introduce the candidate to the Nursing Director or other key members of the team.
  • The Medical Director can arrange for physicians or APPs to join the teleconference to introduce themselves and answer questions.

4) Don’t rush.

The candidate and Medical Director should take the time to get to know one another (approximately 1 hour), ask questions, and determine if you are a good fit for the team.


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