There finally comes that day when all the studying and testing comes to an end. The day after is when the serious job hunting will begin. Anyone looking for a job is understandably nervous about an interview, and prepares for questions that may be asked. That is the basics of what a person ought to do for a job interview but it isn’t the whole process. A job interview is a conversation between two people in the hopes that an arrangement mutually beneficial to both parties will result. It is not a one way street nor should it be. The job seeker has the right to ask some questions, but it is important that they be the right ones to ask. Medical coding is no different than any other occupation when it comes to a job interview, and a job seeker should compose a few inquiries to present to the interviewer.
An immediate one is about the hours of work the job requires. Medical coders by and large are fortunate. Their position is an administrative one and the work week is ordinarily no more than forty hours. Nevertheless, the open position may require shift work and possible work on the weekends. The applicant has to keep his or her outside obligations (e.g. day care, etc.) in mind and this is a very legitimate question to ask.
Another question is about the tools provided by the employer. What are their plans for the conversion to the ICD-10 codes? What is the nature of most of their billing; is it in-patient or out-patient? What is the routine volume of activity? It’s safe to assume that there are no seasonal cycles, but there should be some idea of the flow of activity that the employer experiences on a routing basis. What is the work area? That is important to know. The place where the job seeker will eventually work ought not to look like a sweat shop. If it is possible to have a tour of the space, ask to have one. A final question can be what the future plans for the facility or office are (Hint: that is a way to determine what potential opportunities are available in the years to come).
It is not a good idea to ask about salary information in the first interview. The interviewer may not have an idea of what the offer is going to be and at best can only give a range. Figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics can give a pretty good idea of what the range will be for medical coding. It is worth noting that a job interview is not an interrogation and neither side should act like it is that. Asking questions in a polite and genial manner will score definite points with any employment recruiter or future manager. Courtesy is one of the best tactics to employ when applying for a medical coding job.
Asking questions helps the job seeker evaluate whether or not the position is worth having. He or she can better determine from the answers if the opening is one to be pursued or ignored. The economy is currently putting pressure on people to accept any job regardless of the working conditions. That is not the case with medical coding. All future forecasts indicate a steady increase in open positions in the years ahead. This is a growth occupation; no question about that.