There are many things to consider when interviewing. Mountains of articles have been written about the process. However, if
the interviewer does not pay attention to the communication style of the person across the table, everything else goes out
the window. Remember that this is less about gender and more about behavioral tendencies. Consider these points when interviewing
> Salary is important, but that discussion should be toward the end of the interview.
> Being cute is not always well received and usually misunderstood.
> Meaningful dialogue is only genuine if both parties engage each other with their eyes.
> Allow candidates to relate situations from previous employment.
> If you talk more than the candidate, you will learn very little.
> Integrate interviews with conversations with your staff when possible.
> Allow hospital employees to help you interview to gain perspective.
> Finally, when you hire that next veterinarian be sure to mentor the candidate and allow him or her to interact with you
in meaningful discussions.
This article is not autobiographical, but I see a little bit of John Sanders in myself and many men that I know. Working with
people—especially women—in the workplace requires a purposeful attempt to think about the other person's feelings and expectations.
This goes the other way as well.
I've noticed that men like to talk about the weather and sports. This is because a lot of men are terrible when it comes to
meaningful conversations. And thus men have trouble interacting with long and purposeful discussion. Men want to fix things
quickly and go on to the next problem.
I find myself trying to end most phone conversations after the purpose of the conversation has ended. This is not necessarily
a masculine thing—it's often a learned behavioral expectation. But these things are changing quickly and for the better.
Dr. Lane is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He owns and manages two practices in southern Illinois. Dr. Lane completed
a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1996. He is a speaker and author of numerous practice-management articles.
He also offers a broad range of consulting services. Dr. Lane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org