10 Step Guide to Finding a Nonprofit Job!
Saunders M. /NonProfitPeople
Rock the Interview
The interview is the time when the team is able to put a personality to the resume and assess if you would be a good fit with the organization. Do some homework beforehand and demonstrate your knowledge of the organization by mentioning things you found or what you discovered that you might not have known before about the organization. Look at the staff bios again and see if you have any similar hobbies, hometowns or interests as any of the employees. You may end up having an interview with one of them and this information could come in handy as an icebreaker.
It may be helpful to write out talking points beforehand and go over commonly asked questions so you will not be caught off guard. This is your time to ask any lingering questions about the organization too. This will show that you are curious to learn more and could not find the answers in your research.
10 Steps to Start Your Nonprofit Career!
On the day of the interview, dress appropriately, arrive on time and bring along multiple copies of your resume and any recommendations in case you meet with more than one person. Most importantly though, be confident and express your excitement and passion for the mission. Nonprofit employers want to have someone around who is enthusiastic, eager to learn and who cares as much about the work as they do.
After the interview, be sure to follow up with a note or email thanking each employee you met with for his or her time. It may seem like an unimportant step but people do take note when a letter is not sent. Use the letter to reiterate your interest in the position, how you are a good candidate and how much you would like to be part of the organization.
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