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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Why do you want to work in the nonprofit sector when you can earn more money working in a profit driven corporate environment?
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Why do you want to work in the nonprofit sector when you can earn more money working in a profit driven corporate environment?
Many nonprofit organizations cannot afford to pay the big salaries of profit-driven organizations. The interviewer wants to know that you are going to be okay with potentially earning less than the average person in your field. Talk to the interviewer about the other ways you will find satisfaction in this role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Compensation is always a factor; however, it is not the primary driving force behind my search. I am seeking an organization with a cause where I can make a difference."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Working in nonprofit has always been my driving force, far above the concern of compensation. Of course, it is nice to earn a good living at the same time. What I value most is the idea of being pleased with my work, at the end of each day."
2.
At Canadian Red Cross we want to work with individuals who value volunteerism. Walk me through your volunteer experience.
When applying for a nonprofit position you should be prepared to talk about how you give back to others, and how you contribute to your community. Show the interviewer that you can 'walk the walk.'

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been involved in volunteer work with our local community for the past ten years. I have worked at our local food bank, women's shelter and humane society."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am an avid volunteer at the local animal shelter and have been for the last five years. Animal care is critical to me which is why I am also a foster parent to animals who need to be re-homed but are having a tough time being placed. I believe that all living creatures should be loved and well cared for."
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At Canadian Red Cross we aim to hire individuals who can wear many different 'hats' in our organization. What other job functions could you perform?
Every nonprofit organization seeks to hire the most diverse talent possible. This strategy saves the cost of over-staffing and creating a strain on the budget if funds are low. Talk to the interviewer about your multiple skills and abilities. Now is not the time to be humble!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am competent in sales as well as online marketing and cold calling. I am very comfortable leading events and am also experienced in recruiting large amounts of volunteers."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have many transferable skills which include project management, employee training, interviewing, and succession planning."
4.
How do you encourage generosity in others; whether that be their ability to contribute financially, or with their time?
The interviewer would like to know that you can be an active employee when it comes to fundraising and recruiting for Canadian Red Cross Talk to the interviewer about your ability to ask for donations, close a deal, or gain a commitment of time from volunteers.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I spent a few years in a business development role before starting my career in nonprofit fund development. I am well connected and persuasive when it comes to gaining financial and time commitments from others."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that people will readily contribute financially, or with their time, when the cause is close to them or when they fully understand the impact that their contribution will make. I am open to individuals by showing them the impact they can make. This approach generally solicits very positive results."
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At Canadian Red Cross we prefer to hire those who have a penchant for sales and fundraising. Have you ever had a fundraising target from a previous nonprofit employer?
Many people enter the nonprofit sector because they want to help people. What they do not realize is that nonprofit organizations also have funding needs to meet. Assure the interviewer that you will not shy away from aggressive fundraising targets.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have had multiple sales positions and have also owned my own business in the past. I fully understand that a nonprofit organization still has a bottom line. In my last position with ABC, I was tasked with raising $500K per quarter in charitable contributions."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my most recent position I have had multiple targets to reach; whether geared towards dollars, volunteer hours, or regular sponsorship's. I am always on top of my KPI's and targets, setting clear and achievable milestones for myself."
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