by Sara Pacelle

Interviewing for jobs in the nonprofit sector has certain nuances, according to Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief of Staff of the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston.  I recently heard Sue speak at an assembly for career counselors and I welcomed her pragmatic approach to interviewing.  Although her talk was geared toward nonprofit interviewing, her advice can be taken for any interview. She stressed the importance of respectful interview attire, showing enthusiasm and passion in the role and the organization, and being thoughtful and prepared when answering and asking questions.

Many thanks to Sue for sharing her six simple tips for shining in a nonprofit interview.

1.     Connect the dots:  Your resume should contain experience that is relevant to the posted nonprofit position.  Even if you don’t have the actual work experience that is listed in the nonprofit job description, reference volunteer work, board experience and civic engagement to show strong nonprofit connections and your mission-driven capabilities.

2.     Do your homework:  Search the organization’s website and any online news to fully understand its mission, culture and goals.  Demonstrate this familiarity and knowledge in correspondence and in your interview.  You may not get that job, but you will get the employer’s attention by being perceived as a valuable candidate who “gets it” for consideration in future positions.

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No, it's not time to throw your resume in the trash and start a "new age job search". But one thing that any job seeker must understand is that the showcase of talents does not begin and end with the resume. There are many "secret" abstract, often called "soft", skills that employers keep an eye out for. 

This article discusses the five key "secret skills" that interviewers examine and how to demonstrate them in an interview situation. 

These five skills are: 
1. Organizational
2. Critical Thinking 
3. Communication 
4. Interpersonal 
5. Multi-Tasking 

1. ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS:  Unless you are applying for a job as a mad scientist, organization is an essential skill for any job. Employers can get sense of how an individual will handle large workloads by how organized that person is during the interview. Moreover, a person that makes a sincere effort to stay organized is an employee that will take a job seriously and make a sincere effort to get things done. 

The best way to display these skills:
  • Dress professionally and neatly for an interview.
  • Keep supplies or materials on hand if you think they might be pertinent to the interview. This can go beyond pen, paper, resumes, and business cards depending on the position you apply for.
  • Organize your thoughts before the interview. Preparation for typical interview questions will reflect a sense of general readiness.
2. CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS:  Nobody wants a mindless drone for an employee. If they did, they would buy a robot. Employers want people that can think on their feet and respond. They are looking for people that won't come crying with every little setback. They are looking for problem solvers. Having critical thinking skills means that you can come through in the clutch.