Discussing Salary in an Interview

Jul 6, 2022 | For Candidates

Salary is a huge factor to consider when making a career change. As a skilled orthopedic surgeon, you deserve to chase competitive offers that best meet your wants and needs and those of your family. But bring compensation up too soon in an interview, and you risk coming off as overly focused on money and not focused enough on teamwork and patient care. 

So how do you strike a balance?

At myOrthoRecruiter, we believe that with the proper planning and preparation, you can professionally approach the subject of salary and benefits with ease. Use these recruiter-backed tips to get a clearer idea of when and how to discuss compensation in your next interview.

Should You Mention Salary in the First Interview?

Before discussing salary during the initial interview, you must establish yourself as a good fit for the position. Although compensation is an essential topic for both you and the practice manager, jumping into an interview with questions about pay gives the impression that money is your primary focus.

During the initial interview, take the time to get to know the practice and let them get to know you. Describe your strengths, make connections and define your goals

Don’t ask about compensation until you’ve established your passion for orthopedics and patient wellbeing. Money is obviously a motivating factor, but it shouldn’t be the only factor or something you lead with during the first interview.  

If you are working with one of our experienced recruiters, you will already know the salary range the practice is willing to offer. Your recruiter can also provide you with regional and national statistics regarding specific salary ranges, productivity-based bonus programs and benefits to compare any offer you receive to what is competitive.  

The Main Impression

Describing your desire to obtain financial stability and career satisfaction during an interview is challenging. The good news is that the hiring managers that genuinely care about their employee’s happiness and the success of their business will work to ensure you receive both.

Contact myOrthoRecrutier today to find out how our specialty-specific recruiters can help you find a career that puts you on a path to reaching your goals while receiving the compensation you deserve!

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