I just endured an absolutely terrible interview at Kaiser Sacramento. If you are interested in working there, you might know that they are quite different from other groups. Their interview was formal, and uncomfortable. It was in a tiny office, with two anesthesiologists carrying clipboards interrogating me from the other side of the table. Neither of them wore scrubs. I felt under-dressed. On their clipboards were the list of questions. They read from it like a script. After each of my answers, they looked at each other, then graded my answers. Here are the questions I remember: Tell us a time when you went "above and beyond" for a patient: What do you look like when you are stressed? What do you consider Kaiser's strengths? How will you react when a nurse anesthetist and you disagree with a treatment plan? I guess I will say this: the interview was so stuffy and artificial that it did a good job of screening applicants. I wouldn't be caught dead working for a practice that subjected interviewees to such rigmarole, and didn't let them meet their would-be coworkers. I am sure that the interviewees who thought dressing up and putting on their best interview makeup would do very well in the Permanente model. Good luck to them, I say.