It’s not about you!

If you are actively looking to transition to a nonclinical career, chances are it’s because clinical medicine is not what you thought it was going to be.
The grind is getting you down and YOU need something that will bring more balance to your life.

That’s all well and good, but when you are exploring a new nonclinical position with a potential employer, I have to remind you that IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. Sure, you want to learn about whether the nonclinical position will help you achieve your goals and bring the lifestyle you are yearning for, but you are never going to get hired unless you convince the employer that YOU are going to solve THEIR problems.

It’s okay to tell the employer that you are looking for a new challenge but you better follow that sentence with the statement that your skills and experience will help to further the employer’s organization’s mission. You absolutely have to convince them that YOU are going to fill THEIR needs.

I’m telling you this because I interviewed someone last week who spent far too long telling me how unhappy he was in his current position. He never mentioned that he had a great expertise and that his skill set would be an enormous asset to my company. He didn’t tell me how hard he had worked to get along. The whole conversation was about HIS happiness and how his current place of employment that failed him. Don’t get me wrong, I want happy employees–but I need adults who understand we have a mission and need to work together as a functional team to get the job done. Nothing about his responses indicated he would be a great team member. It was all about him.  Needless to say, I’ll be interviewing others physicians next week.

Sure, during an interview you need to figure out if the position is going to be a good fit for you. If it sounds like it is going to be, you better spend plenty of time telling the employer how your good fit will benefit their company. In other words, leave them with the impression that it is ALL ABOUT THEM. Once you get the job offer you can scrutinize whether the job will fit YOUR each and every need.