Candidate Journey

Here at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we are dedicated to maintaining a great experience for every candidate. We've created a series of tips to best support you throughout your hiring journey.


Our recruiting team closely collaborates with each hiring team to understand the qualifications needed for all of our open positions across the organization. Once you have applied, a recruiter will review your application to determine if your work experience and skills align with the necessary proficiencies of this position, as well as our other open roles. This recruiter will be in touch to schedule some time to connect if they determine that you could be a good fit for CZI.

Kick off your hiring journey and apply


To gain a better understanding of what you are looking for in your next position as well as learn more about your previous work experience and skills, we will progress to an initial assessment. This part of the journey will vary between each role but may consist of a screen with the hiring manager, a technical phone screen, or a conversation with a member of the team.


If you and your recruiter still feel that you could be well-suited for this position following the assessment, you will move forward with meeting the team. This will provide you an opportunity to learn more about the team and for us to gain a deeper understanding of your skills and experience. The interview process will vary for each role at CZI to ensure that our hiring teams are able to properly assess against the qualifications needed.

Learn how to prepare for your interview

For the safety of our candidates and employees, the majority of interviews will take place virtually. To familiarize yourself with our space, take a peek at our NEW office in downtown Redwood City.


Following the completion of all interviews, our hiring team will make a final decision and the recruiter will be in touch to share the outcome of your interviews. If the team would like to move forward, the recruiter will discuss this and the details of our proposed offer with you. The recruiter will be there to answer any questions you have to support you in your decision.

Check out why you should join our team


Welcome! We are very excited you will be joining the team and contributing to CZI’s mission. Once you have accepted and signed your offer, your recruiter will introduce you to a member of our onboarding team to begin the process of onboarding you as a CZI employee. They will support and provide you with information needed leading up to your start date and walk you through what you can expect in your first couple of weeks at CZI.

How to Prepare for Your Interviews

Candidate Interview Guides by Department

Please note our interview experience varies across our roles depending on the qualifications needed. These guides highlight some roles we hire for frequently and the interviews you are likely to encounter if interviewing for that role.

Preparing for Your Zoom Interview

A Candidate’s Guide To Prepare for a Zoom Interview

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Preparing for Your Onsite Visit

A Candidate’s Guide To Prepare for an Onsite Visit

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