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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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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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1.
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 Wisconsin Humane Society 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."
3.
At Wisconsin Humane Society 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 Wisconsin Humane Society 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."
5.
At Wisconsin Humane Society 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."
6.
At Wisconsin Humane Society 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?
Show the interviewer that you are fully engaged in this process by revealing the research you have conducted on Wisconsin Humane Society before the interview. How does their mission align with your values?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have always been passionate about XYZ which is why I have had an eye on openings within Wisconsin Humane Society for quite some time. Your mission is incredibly important, and I would be so proud to join you in that mission."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I understand that your organization's primary focus is on (specify cause) and that your biggest project to date was the (name of the campaign). I appreciate the hard work and effort that went into this campaign, and I am very excited to work with such a well organized and well-branded organization."
7.
We want to know what you are passionate about. If you could work for any cause, what would you choose?
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 Wisconsin Humane Society is of interest to you as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am passionate about any cause to do with helping children and animals. One of my greatest passions is my volunteer work with the local humane society. I feel that working with Wisconsin Humane Society would help me to round out my passions. I'm very excited about this opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There are so many worthy causes - that is a challenging question! I have a soft spot in my heart for the disabled. My sister has a physical disability, and I have worked very hard for many years to advocate for individuals with both physical and mental disabilities. If I could continue to advocate for this cause, for a living, that would be so fulfilling for me."
8.
In your opinion, how does social media marketing fit with nonprofit fundraising?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was the social media marketing lead for Company ABC for approximately eight months while we back-filled a marketing position. I feel that small and fast fundraising goals work well on social media. The efforts don't necessarily need to be solely financial focused either. For instance, if you look at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Not only did it raise an incredible amount of funds - but it also raised a huge amount of awareness of the disease."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"It's interesting that you ask this question, as I just read an article related to this the other day. One of the ways that social media marketing is beneficial to non-profits is because it allows continual engagement of its stakeholders. Another way social media is great is that it allows for global reach that one normally could not achieve."
9.
Do you know anyone who has worked for Wisconsin Humane Society before? What kind of feedback have you received on our organization?
Have you ever discussed the workplace culture of Wisconsin Humane Society 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have an acquaintance who has worked for Wisconsin Humane Society for a few years now. He has great things to say about the workplace culture. From what I understand, it's a very collaborative and creative environment here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am not familiar with anyone within Wisconsin Humane Society; however, I have read a multitude of phenomenal reviews on Yelp, Google, and Glassdoor. The feedback has had a common theme of being well organized, treating your staff with respect, and offering transparency that is not always common in the nonprofit industry."
10.
Do you have experience in recruiting volunteers?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position I have recruited a total of 40 volunteers in the last year. I am very vocal about my love for volunteering and hope that it's contagious enough to attract others. I have also helped at hiring fairs for Company ABC. I am comfortable in interviewing and screening potential volunteers as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do not have experience in recruiting volunteers; however, this is a responsibility that I would enjoy learning more about. I am eager to expand my capabilities and feel I would be great in this capacity as I am thorough, with strong intuition."
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