Interview Preparation – Nine Suggestions

10/08/2009 at 10:15 2 comments

I am in the process of recruiting for two development positions. It has been an interesting experience. I understand this economy has impacted many good people, but good research, interview techniques, networking and not burning any bridges would be keys to a successful job search. There is etiquette to looking for a job. Perhaps in this recession some of us have forgotten this.

I feel the need to share some tips to getting through the phone screening to the in-person interview. While some of these may seem obvious, I have been shocked by some of the conversations and emails.

Do your homework

  1. Research the organization before you apply and find something that interests you besides, “The mission is really great.” Honestly, that’s the best you can come up with?
  2. Look at the 990 to determine revenue streams – bonus points if a candidate can share ideas for increasing and/or shifting revenue and why.
  3. The 990 will also give you a good idea of salary range – this is especially important for candidates moving from for to non-profit.
  4. Apply for a job at or just above your current position responsibilities. Really, if you have been a Manager of Annual Giving for three years, you don’t have the experience to be a Director of Development.

Other thoughts

  1. Ask a friend, colleague, mentor about your job search for feedback on where to take your experience next
  2. Don’t respond to a rejection email asking for reconsideration or noting the posting again and “demanding” reconsideration especially with attitude. Do you think that will help?
  3. Going around the recruiter isn’t always the best move – might work, might backfire – careful there
  4. Remember, you never know when you might meet the recruiter again – leave a good impression behind – whether you got the job or not
  5. Be realistic

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  • […] My new favorite nonprofit blog, Barbara Talisman’s Talisman Thinking Out Loud My favorite category on her blog is Engaging Volunteers. My favorite article, which may become increasingly important over the next 18 to 24 months, Interview Preparation, detailing best interview practices and practical considerations when interviewing with a nonprofit. […]

    • 2. Barbara Talisman  |  31/08/2009 at 11:01

      WOW! Thanks for the endorsement. Will keep posting to keep you interested! Be sure to subscribe so you get them to your inbox as soon as they are posted.
      Thanks so much!


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