One of the most important things to remember about a charity interview, is that charities are absolutely passionate about the work they do. Check out these tips to make sure you shine!
Thoroughly research the charity’s work. A great place to start is their Annual Report. This will give you details of all their campaigns, their successes, changes they’ve made to their strategy and their weaknesses as well. The research will arm you with lots of great points to discuss, and will make the inevitable ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ much easier to handle.
A charity will also want to know why you think their work is important, and why it’s important to you. Think about how you think you can make a difference to their charity, and what about their cause motivates you. Keep things personal.
Lots of charities will ask you behavioural questions: ‘Tell me about a time when Xhappened- what did you do?’’ This can cause candidates to have a moment of brain freeze, but there is a trick to doing really well in these questions. Approach your answer in three simple steps. First identify the Challenge, then describe the Action you took, and finally, the Result. Follow this formula and keep your answers short, sweet and practical. A long-winded answer can make you seem unconfident and unsure of yourself. The key with this formula is to highlight exactly what changed as a result of what you did.
It’s great to spend lots of time preparing for your interview, but you really want toavoid sounding like all your answers have been scripted. Instead, go through the job description and make a bullet point list of how you match the person specification. This way you’ll be armed with all the information, but your answers won’t sound inauthentic. You’ll also be able to show them that you have all the qualities they are looking for!
Listen to rap music. A study published by The Society For Personality And Social Psychology found that ‘high-power’ tracks like 50 Cent’s In da Club or Queen’s We Will Rock You could boost confidence and make candidates feel more powerful. Participants in the study who listened to these tracks were more likely to fill in the word fragment P_ _ E R as ‘Power‘. In contrast, those who listened to ‘low-power’ tracks including Baha Men’s Who Let the Dogs out completed the word fragment as ‘Paper‘. Participants were instructed to fill in the first word that came to mind, suggesting the ‘high-power’ tracks have an automatic effect on the subconscious.
Make sure you arrive at your interview suited and booted. Charities will expect anyone who is taking the job seriously to look seriously smart! Relax, and enjoy talking about a cause you are really passionate about. Remember, a few nerves are to be expected, and will just show how much you want it.