June is the time of year when new grads are thinking about beginning the next phase of their lives, and landing their first jobs. However, like many medical professionals, graduating anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists receive only a small amount of instruction in navigating a job search. In addition to the checking that the basic requirements of the position are met, there are certain characteristics that recruiters look for in candidates.
“I look for an eager candidate ready for diverse practices, not someone focused on one specific practice for example, outpatient,” says Megan O’Mara, clinical recruiter for Somnia Anesthesia. “I look for a candidate that has a positive attitude, is eager to work, and is willing to get experience in any location even if it is an undesirable location.”
Ms. O’Mara also says it’s important for a candidate to have varied experience in his or her clinical rotations, as this shows increased flexibility and knowledge.
Other important characteristics include a strong clinical skill set. After an initial interview with a recruiter, candidates may be asked to meet and have a conversation with the anesthesia chief, the medical director, or other clinical leaders. This conversation will likely include hypothetical clinical situations for the candidate to respond to. This will determine if you are a good fit for the position as well the anesthesia group, and test your clinical knowledge. Candidates may also meet with other members of the anesthesia and OR teams so that the recruiter and hiring managers can see how they interact with others.
Honest representation is also very important to recruiters as it’s a key factor in determining the candidate’s character. Embellishing your skills and training for a position that you are not fit for can harm your reputation. Finally, recruiters look for candidates who are interested in the position. They make notice of those candidates that are well prepared, ask questions, and show they are eager and willing to take the position that is available.
Summing up what every candidate should be aware of when meeting with a recruiter, Ms. O’Mara says, “Recruiters like candidates that are willing to put in the extra work, get exposure, and gain experience in any practice or location.”
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