Looking for a Coding Job? Five Steps for a Successful Interview

Looking for a Coding Job? Five Steps for a Successful Interview

by Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC

When you hear the words “Job Interview,” you may immediately picture yourself across the desk from an HIM manager or Human Resource representative, answering questions and selling yourself as the best candidate for a job. While a face-to-face meeting may be the most significant part of the interview process, the period leading up to and following the interview can be just as influential.

To put your best self forward, follow this timeline during your interview journey:

1. You Have Perfected Your Resume and You’re Ready to Start Applying
The first step is done! With a professional resume and the ambition to find your ideal job, you’re ready to start the interview process. When you begin to apply for jobs, be sure to do your research first. You don’t want to waste time applying and interviewing for a coding position where you won’t be happy and satisfied. Be selective in the process, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of interviewing for jobs that truly excite and interest you.

2. Your Application and Resume Have Earned You a Request for Interview
Congratulations, your skills and talents are a match for an available coding position! Don’t let the time between the initial contact and your interview go to waste. Take the opportunity to research the Hospital and the position. This step will give insight into the Hospital’s history and goals, offer information to discuss in your interview, and allow you to create questions to ask at the end of the interview.

3. The Day of the Interview
It’s the big day! Be sure to allow for plenty of time to arrive at the meeting location, with several copies of your resume, and a notebook to take notes. Arrive 10 minutes before your agreed upon meeting time, and sit quietly reviewing your resume, instead of checking your phone or disturbing any other employees. Go into the interview with confidence and poise!

4. The Day After the Interview
Within a day of your interview, send a “Thank You” email to your interviewer and any other contact, such as a recruiter or HR representative, who worked with you to make the interview happen. Keep the correspondence simple and to the point. Write about any points of information that were of particular interest to you, and mention that you look forward to speaking with them in the future.

5. The Weeks Following the Interview
The waiting game is tough, but don’t send numerous follow ups, or write emails asking where the candidate selection process stands. Instead, during the interview, inquire as to the timeline for their decision. Allow some flexibility in their timing before reaching out via email to your interviewer or HR representative. Let them know that you are still interested in the position, and that you can provide any further information they may need. This will allow them to reply with news about the hiring process.

Throughout the entire process, remember that your professional image begins with your first contact with the hospital, and that your actions throughout the process reflect on you as well. Putting in extra time and energy to prepare for your interview, presenting a professional appearance during your interview, and follow up afterward, will show your future manager that you are thorough, professional, and ready to succeed in the given position.

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About the Author

Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC, CASCC
Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC, CASCC, is the Founder and Managing Director of Project Resume, a company that provides professional development, education, and career counseling to medical coders and HIM professionals. Ann began her professional journey when she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration as a student at The Pennsylvania State University. She earned her first coding certification in 2005, and has enjoyed a rich coding career ever since, in medical coding and billing, recruiting, training, education, and management of medical coding teams. Ann’s vision for Project Resume is to ensure that every healthcare professional fulfills their own career dreams. Project Resume can be found on the web at projectresume.net, and Ann can be reached at [email protected]

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