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Habitat for Humanity Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Habitat for Humanity job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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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?

How to Answer

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.

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31 Habitat for Humanity Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Why do you want to work in the nonprofit sector when you can earn more money working in a profit driven corporate environment?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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 Habitat for Humanity we want to work with individuals who value volunteerism. Walk me through your volunteer experience.

      How to Answer

      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.'

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

  • 3. At Habitat for Humanity we aim to hire individuals who can wear many different 'hats' in our organization. What other job functions could you perform?

      How to Answer

      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!

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you can be an active employee when it comes to fundraising and recruiting for Habitat for Humanity Talk to the interviewer about your ability to ask for donations, close a deal, or gain a commitment of time from volunteers.

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  • 5. At Habitat for Humanity 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?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 6. At Habitat for Humanity we want to hire those who are passionate about our cause. What do you know about our organization and how does our mission fit you?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you are fully engaged in this process by revealing the research you have conducted on Habitat for Humanity before the interview. How does their mission align with your values?

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  • 7. We want to know what you are passionate about. If you could work for any cause, what would you choose?

      How to Answer

      This question is a perfect time to show the interviewer a little bit about yourself and your passions. Don't hold back, but be sure to talk about how the cause at Habitat for Humanity is of interest to you as well.

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  • 8. In your opinion, how does social media marketing fit with nonprofit fundraising?

      How to Answer

      More nonprofit organizations are seeing the benefits of social media for fundraising. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on this form of marketing. If you have ever taken on social media related activities, be sure to mention this to the interviewer.

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  • 9. Do you know anyone who has worked for Habitat for Humanity before? What kind of feedback have you received on our organization?

      How to Answer

      Have you ever discussed the workplace culture of Habitat for Humanity with a former or current employee? What have you heard in regards to the pros and cons of working here? Make sure to keep your answer positive.

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  • 10. Do you have experience in recruiting volunteers?

      How to Answer

      A large part of the success of a nonprofit organization comes from it's dedicated volunteers. A nonprofit organization will often have recruitment fairs to find and onboard more significant amounts of volunteers. Talk to the interviewer about any experience you have in attracting potential volunteers.

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  • 11. In your opinion, what are the greatest needs in our community?

      How to Answer

      Have an open discussion with the interviewer on what you feel are the most significant needs in your community at this time. Let your passion shine through! Avoid being negative or having a "doomsday" attitude. Remain positive and hopeful by talking about what you can do to make a difference.

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  • 12. Many nonprofits take an apologetic approach when asking for funding. What is your fundraising approach?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable when it comes to asking for funds. How would you describe your approach to asking for donations?

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  • 13. Do you have experience with writing grant proposals?

      How to Answer

      Grant funding is a vital part of many nonprofit organizations. If you have exposure to this type of work, walk the interviewer through some of your grant writing success. If you do not have experience with it, discuss how you could assist and learn.

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  • 14. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

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  • 15. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

      How to Answer

      It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. How did you go over and above to ensure that your contribution was felt?

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  • 16. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you can do more than the bare minimum. Show that you can react appropriately when you see that your employer has a need that goes beyond your usual day-to-day expectations.

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  • 17. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 18. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

      How to Answer

      Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

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  • 19. How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home.

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  • 20. How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

      How to Answer

      Prioritizing is a skill that requires practice. There are many approaches you can take. Here are some suggestions:

      1) Make a list. By thinking through and writing down each item that needs to be completed, you can see it on paper.
      2) Mark what is urgent or essential. Take into account deadlines and meetings.
      3) Order each task based on effort and estimated value. Considering due dates and how long it will take to do each item (also considering how much time you have).

      In answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system in place that helps you to think through what needs to happen, and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an asset to their company!

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  • 21. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      How to Answer

      Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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  • 22. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 23. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      How to Answer

      In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

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  • 24. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      How to Answer

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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  • 25. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.



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  • 26. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

      How to Answer

      If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

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  • 27. When have you shown great integrity at work?

      How to Answer

      Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the way (s) that you show your integrity in the workplace.

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  • 28. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      How to Answer

      Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be a tricky one as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

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  • 29. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

      How to Answer

      Ethical dilemmas in the workplace will come up from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can handle these types of difficulties with professionalism and poise.

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  • 30. How do you handle stress on the job?

      How to Answer

      Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

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  • 31. Are you applying for any other jobs?

      How to Answer

      It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.

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