Nonprofit Interview Tips

Nonprofit Interview Tips

Scion Nonprofit Staffing always tries to help as many nonprofit job seekers as possible. Acing the interview is ultimately up to you, but here are some nonprofit interview tips to make the process easier.

Top Ten Job Seeking Tips

  1. Always cast a wide net.
  2. If you build it, they will come. (Instead of simply posting your resume on a website, take it one step further and design a physical portfolio, website, or online portfolio. This makes you stand out more than other candidates very quickly if it is done professionally).
  3. Always have more than one person read and edit your resume and cover letter!
  4. Always follow-up with professional phone calls and emails that effectively communicate your interest in a position without being too demanding.
  5. Always be patient, the hiring managers are busy and will normally always get back to you.
  6. If you are not getting a good response from your resume, likely something is wrong and you may wish to consult a job coach or mentor.
  7. Informational meetings can and do lead to job offers.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice for what you want.
  9. Do decide specifically what position you want; people that know what they wish to do always get the job. Even if you are not sure, pick something.
  10. Volunteering where you want to work is the fastest way to get hired there.

Keys to a Successful Interview

I. 30% of successfully interviewing is all about your enthusiasm, excitement, and energy.

  • So, smile.
  • Relax, but stay alert.
  • Stay positive (no one likes negativity).
  • Use eye contact.
  • Be yourself.
  • Always represent yourself honestly.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Ask questions about the position, company, and the interviewer. (Get them talking about themselves and listen).
  • NEVER ask questions about salary, commission, bonuses, vacations, or anything else the company can do for you. Wait until you’ve gotten the job offer.
  • Never get too comfortable. Remain professional and on guard. This is a main reason why many people do not excel in final interviews.

II. 30% of the interview is about showing that you have the skills and desire to conduct the responsibilities of the position.

  • So, offer specific examples of prior work, projects, and/or duties that relate to each question that is asked of you.
  • Do not offer general sweeping answers without specific examples.
  • Always use examples of responsibilities that relate to the employer area of expertise and the position you are applying for.

III. 30% of the interview is selling yourself.

  • So, describe your skills.
  • Communicate your passions that relate to the position you are interviewing for.
  • Show them that you can get along with others and that you can address questions in an organized fashion.
  • Always make sure to have a personality and be excited, but never be too loud or so overpowering/dominating that you lead the discussion process.

IV. 10%+ of the interview is the close.
The interview is a sales call; you are the product.

  • So, ask questions.
  • Overcome objections.
  • Tell them your interest level, availability, and why you are a superior candidate.
  • And this is the hardest part, have fun! Candidates that enjoy the meeting get the job.

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How To Prepare For Your Interview:

  • For your meeting with your recruiter or client interview always dress in a plain navy or dark colored business suit.
  • We Recommend that both men and women for all interview stages wear conservative professional attire, and shoes that present well.
  • Always dress for success.
  • Make sure to research the employer and position you are interested in and be on time.
  • Recruiters can only represent candidates that effectively and professionally display knowledge and passion about the position or area they are applying for. Remember that not being prepared tells an employer that you do not respect their time.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before an interview, not 10, not 15, and never ever walk in late. Be in the area and know where you are going prior to the interview.
  • Bring at least 3 copies of your resume.
  • Prepare and bring a copy of your references.
  • Bring a pen and notebook to takes notes before and during the interview.
  • Prepare questions to ask during the interview.
  • Greet everyone in the office with a smile and hello.
  • Try to enjoy the meeting(s), be yourself, but always stay professional!
  • Make sure to fill out all applications neatly and completely because you are being judged on all steps in the procedure. Make sure to write down notes to help you remember the highlights of the interview (write down your questions, impressions, and notes about your performance). This will help you in the future interviews and writing thank you letters.
  • Directly after any client interview Scion Staffing sends you on, make sure to call your Scion Staffing Account Executive to provide feedback on the interview. (All feedback is critical).
  • ALWAYS email, mail, or drop off a thank you letter within 24 hours, preferably the same day you interview.
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