Though successful Development happens over years, and not months – we still see regular transitions from organization to organization. If you are in a transitional period of your career – do as the Boy Scouts do, and Be Prepared. Of course there are some obvious things to know when preparing for an interview with a nonprofit organization… Know the mission, history, website, etc. A step beyond this basic preparation, may include a readiness to Ask intelligent questions. By asking intelligent questions (and not questions you could find out from a quick Google search), you’ll not only impress the interviewer with your interest but also set yourself apart from the competition. Such questions may include:
- Why is this position open? (Find out why the previous person left or if it’s a new role in a growing company)
- What traits or experience would a person need to be successful in this role?
- What are the top goals for the person you hire in this role?
- What’s your management style (or the management style of the hiring manager)?
- What would you change about… the company, culture, department, etc.?
- What are the next steps in this process?
What questions would you add to this list?