Job interviews can cause a lot of stress, but they don’t have to — we swear. We sat down with Kimberly Ta-Vuong, Carbon Health’s VP of Talent, and Layla Campbell, a senior clinical recruiter, to hear their tips for putting your best foot forward when it comes to standing out from the candidate crowd.
The more you know about the company you’re interviewing for, the better. It not only shows recruiters and team members you did your homework, but also can help you decide whether the job is a good fit for you.
“We know you have choices, so we want you to have information at your fingertips and know that Carbon Health is the right place for you,” says Ta-Vuong. “It’s important to know why you want to be part of Carbon Health. Being a part of our team is definitely more than having ‘just another job.’”
Campbell agrees: “Read about our values and be introspective. Does it seem like an environment you want to work in? Also, find out where the clinic or job is and make sure it's a good fit commute-wise.”
Don’t be afraid to sell yourself! Be prepared to elaborate on your work experience and explain how you can be an asset to your prospective team. Excitement is contagious, and recruiters like to see that you’re passionate about the role you’re applying for.
“Be authentic!” stresses Ta-Vuong, “We want to get to know who you are, what motivates you, and what you are passionate about. Don’t answer questions with what you think we want to hear. We truly want to learn more about you and learn from you.”
It’s also important to stay upbeat — avoid complaining or blaming a former employer for past mistakes or issues. This can make it seem like you’re difficult to work with or unable to take constructive feedback.
The past two years have changed the way we do everything — including how we conduct business — and there are some key things you should keep in mind, especially if you’re doing your interview remotely.
“I notice whether a candidate is professionally dressed,” says Campbell, “or if they are in a location without good Wi-Fi, or in a location with distractions and background noise, and whether or not they did their research on Carbon Health or the specific role.”
Pro tip: Interviewing remotely? Make sure you set up your computer in a quiet, distraction-free location. Turn off any devices and treat the space like you’re at an in-person interview.
Relax. Take a breath and pause.
“Try not to go into a monologue where you talk for 10 minutes straight,” says Ta-Vuong. “Yes, we want to understand your background, but we also want an engaging dialogue.”
Campbell adds, “There is no need to get nervous about an interview. Highlight your areas of strength, don’t be afraid to share areas of growth, and be energetic. We hire people who genuinely care.”
Interested in joining us on our mission to make great healthcare accessible to everyone? We have open roles in clinics and in our headquarters. Check out our careers page!