Questions to ask on a job interview


We took yesterday off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So this week’s Money Monday is coming to you on a Tuesday. Enjoy!

For those of you who think ahead or are thinking about poising yourself for future job interviews, there is no time like the present. So, when you get those job interviews, what should you ask? It will serve you well to be prepared with a list of questions and concerns and be proactive when negotiating employment terms. The following are some great questions to ask potential employers:

  1.  What is the office policy for tax treatment of an associate? That is, are they treated as an employee or independent contractor?
  2. If I am to be treated as an employee, what is your business expenses reimbursement policy? Will I be reimbursed for business travel? Continuing education? Malpractice insurance?
  3. How many active patients does the practice currently have? How do you market to grow?
  4. How many new patients were seen in the last year?
  5. What is the average patient age?
  6. How much control will I have over the treatment plan of an existing patient? Of a new patient?
  7. What kind of work do you envision for me in the first 3 months? After one year?
  8. Will I have direct access to the management software? Will you provide initial training?
  9. If our association works well, is there a plan or potential for an ownership arrangement? What timeline do you envision for this?
  10. How would you describe your patient pool? What is the percentage of private pay, PPO, HMO and Medicare?
  11. Will I be working with a hygienist?
  12. What hours are you looking for? Will we be working in the office at the same time?

This should get you started. What other questions do you think it’s important to ask a potential employer?

~Megan Mathers, JD, Mathers Law

Megan Mathers

Megan is an accountant and tax attorney with Mathers Law, a firm focused on providing accounting, tax, business advisory and legal services to the dental and medical communities. Megan earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Marquette University and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Megan's practice focuses on tax compliance, tax planning and wealth and estate planning.

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