It's difficult to really know what a job offers until you've been there a while (Catch-22!), but a little astute questioning can help. Use these questions as aids. Don't read them to prospective employers as a list of demands—gently work them into interviews when appropriate.
Hours and income
- What exactly are my hours (not the clinic's hours)?
- Will I get a lunch hour?
- Will I be on-call?
- How is my on-call time compensated?
- Will I have help when I'm on-call?
- Do you refer to a local emergency clinic?
- How do you compensate for overtime?
- Will I receive a guaranteed base pay and be paid on production?
- Will you teach me the basics of practice economics?
- How interested in mentoring are you?
- Do you enjoy mentoring?
- What day-to-day procedures reinforce mentoring?
- What role does the practice team play in mentoring?
- Who can I call when the boss is out of town?
- How easy is it to refer to or consult with specialists when needed?
- For how many and what types of surgery will I be responsible?
- How much time will I be allotted for surgery?
- Will help be readily available during surgery should it be needed?
- How many staff members do you have?
- What's their training and experience?
- How many credentialed technicians work at the practice?
- How many staff members will I work with every day?
- What are their responsibilities?
- What are my responsibilities?
- What types of equipment will I have access to?
- Can I order drugs and supplies as I need?
- What are my responsibilities for boarding animals?
- When will I have time to do my callbacks?