Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical care, research and education. We have major campuses in Rochester, Minn.; Scottsdale and Phoenix, Ariz.; and Jacksonville, Fla. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
How to Get Hired
We asked Mayo Clinic for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
At Mayo Clinic, we look for people who share our values, who want to do good, who enjoy being part of a team. Mayo’s hiring philosophy is firmly rooted in the core values of the clinic and our founders. With this focus, it is critical that prospective employees have demonstrated qualities including: respect, compassion, integrity, healing, teamwork, excellence, innovation and stewardship. Mayo rigorously screens candidates for these qualities throughout the hiring process as evidenced by low annual turnover rates and offer acceptance rates commonly above 95 percent.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
It is important that prospective employees first and foremost look inward in determining whether their personal qualities and career aspirations align with Mayo Clinic’s core values. Next, candidates must be able to demonstrate—both in their online resume and application, and in an interview, if selected—how their past experiences demonstrate their commitment to those values. This requires candidates to share stories of not just what they have accomplished but the thought processes, successes and challenges, and interpersonal relationships associated with those accomplishments.
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
While the initial screening of candidates may begin with the resume, online application profile, and even a web-based interview, the formal in-person interview process gives both Mayo Clinic and the prospective employee valuable insights about each other. The interviews consist of at least one panel and possibly more depending on the position. Each panel may consist of the hiring manager, future team members, Human Resources and, potentially, other internal customers whom interact with the position. Behavior-based interview questions are used, giving the candidate the opportunity to share past experiences. The interview panel members then consider how those experiences and responses fit our culture and suggest future performance. Additionally, physician and scientist candidates may be asked to give a presentation to a search committee and department leader, sometimes as part of the interview and other times preceding the person’s candidacy for an open position.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Mayo Clinic offers broad and diverse career opportunities. Careers range from physicians and scientists, to allied health patient care positions (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, technologists), to laboratory and research positions, to administrative leadership and support positions.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Candidates are encouraged to begin researching careers and applying for open positions at www.mayoclinic.org/jobs. During that process, candidates may also join the Mayo Clinic Talent Community, which will allow them to be among the first to learn of new job postings relevant to their career interests, in addition to other career-related information and updates shared via email. Another great way to stay informed and engage in career conversations is by joining the conversations in Mayo Clinic’s social media presence. Just search “Jobs at Mayo Clinic” on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.