Healthcare Services Recruiter Spotlight: Matt Feldmar

Recruiter: Matt Feldmar
Team: Healthcare Services
Covers: Arizona, Oregon

1. What’s the most common mistake candidates make shortly after the interview?
Follow up.  Follow up.  Follow up.  Some question whether or not writing a personal note or email, thanking the hiring team for their time, is an outdated gesture.  I’m here to tell you that it’s not.  A personable follow up provides a means for a candidate to write their thoughts on how the interview went and even speaks to a candidate’s character. The little things go a long way, and I don’t know that nice gestures will ever be outdated.

2. Where will you likely be on a Friday night?
I’m usually on my couch watching a movie. I typically get up early Saturday morning to train for the next marathon or triathlon, so my Friday nights are like any other work night.

3. What’s your most surprising life moment?
Getting passed by an 80-year-old during my first Ironman in 2012 was pretty surprising. She even gave me a few words of encouragement as she zoomed passed me. Age really is just a number.

4. Describe a red-flag during an interview.
One time a candidate wanted to have the phone interview while they were helping a patient at their current job. It was a huge red flag. That’s a big no-no. Although there’s a long list of why this is a horrible idea, at the end of the day, Brookdale looks for candidates who put residents and patients first.

5. What was your favorite game or activity as a kid?
I loved playing ice hockey! Growing up in Southern California meant that ice time was limited. When I couldn’t play on ice, I would play roller hockey with the neighborhood kids.

6. What’s the coolest thing you own?
My bike is by far the coolest thing I own.  I’ll spare you the nerdy details, but three quick facts about my prized possession are: it only weighs 16 pounds, it’s made completely of carbon fiber, and I once hit a speedy 51 mph on it. Seriously.

7. What cartoon character do you most resemble?
Kung Fu Panda

8. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
Hockey

9. What’s the best thing about your city?
Portland is full of great food and craft beer.

10.  What are key components to a great answer in an interview?
Anytime a candidate is honest about their experience (or even lack thereof), it speaks directly to their integrity.  That goes a long way at Brookdale, and is really crucial to determining culture fit.  Even for my phone interviews, it’s amazing how genuine you can tell a candidate is even from vocal tone without ever seeing body language. I’d highly recommend candidates think about potential situational questions that could be asked and prepare for them accordingly. However, there may be a few questions you didn’t think would be asked. That’s okay. There are a lot of start-up offices I cover, so you need to be able to think well on your feet, too.

Brookdale Careers’ Recruiter Spotlight is a 10-question, tri-weekly feature, where one Brookdale recruiter provides resume, interview, and job tips.

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