We have all been rejected at some point, and that is okay! The key is sharing how we have learned and grown from our rejections. Think back to a time when you were rejected from something. Maybe you didn't receive a job you were hoping for. Perhaps you didn't make the college football team. Or, maybe you were vying for a promotion, and it was given to your peer. Share an overview of what you were rejected for focusing on what you learned from the situation. Tell the interviewer how you positively handled the situation even though you were very disappointed. Finally, be sure to mention how you made the most of the outcome and are successful today even after the rejection.
With any job interview, it is a good idea to know key facts about the organization prior to arriving. We recommend visiting the organization's website and learning key facts such as why they will be fundraising, what they promote and advocate for, and a little about their history. When asked this question, simply recite the facts that you learned!
What led you to apply for this position? Have you always known that fundraising was what you wanted to do? Were you personally impacted by others' fundraising efforts? The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about the fundraising field, so share what led you to apply for this position! Your excitement for the field will automatically come through in your response.
You are a strong leader with a desire for others to follow you. Going into the fundraising field requires someone with a big heart and motivation to succeed. These parts of your character will lead others to want to follow you as a leader. Begin by sharing that your leadership abilities have been proven through your successes, and you know that as long as your motivation for being in fundraising continues to be the same, other people will naturally want to follow you! Next, share an example of a recent time you successfully led a team. Share what the team was for, how many people were involved, and how successful the team was as a result of your leadership.
Begin by telling the interviewer about any obvious experience that you have such as sales, fundraising, or marketing that you have done. Be sure to include what companies you have worked in these capacities, you specific role, and how long you worked there. Next, think outside of the box about your experience! Have you ever had to sell an idea? How about building relationships with people? Or, have you ever had to come up with a fun event for kids or employees? These all make great examples! Share which things you have been a part of, and explain how the experience has better prepared you for a fundraising role!
There are all sorts of ways to motivate a volunteer to raise funds, and all you need to do is think about what would motivate you! Would you bring in a speaker who is directly impacted by your fundraising efforts to put things into perspective for your volunteers? Would you motivate them by bringing in homemade pie when they achieve a major milestone? Will you supply them with recognition in the organization's newsletter? Simply share 2-3 ways that you will keep your volunteers motivated expressing that these ideas would work for you, so you know they will work for them!
What is the one thing that people continually compliment you for? What is a common theme in your past performance appraisals? What have your college professors commended you for? What do your friends typically point out to you? These will all link back to your unique gift that will allow you to be a great fundraiser. Begin by telling the interviewer your unique thing, and share that other people often compliment you for this. Finally, be sure to explain how this unique thing will lead you to become a great fundraiser for the organization! You might say something like this, "My past managers have told me that I have a knack for organization and being positive. They have mentioned this in all of my performance reviews! My positivity will help maintain a great image for the organization and will allow me to stay motivated to draw people to our fundraising events. And, my organization will help me manage all of the crazy details that come along with tracking funds, coordinating volunteers, and managing events."
"My past managers have told me that I have a knack for organization and being positive. They have mentioned this in all of my performance reviews! My positivity will help maintain a great image for the organization and will allow me to stay motivated to draw people to our fundraising events. And, my organization will help me manage all of the crazy details that come along with tracking funds, coordinating volunteers, and managing events."
This one should be easy! It's a 'yes' or 'no' question. As a bonus, you can share what type of volunteer fundraising you have done including how many volunteers were utilized and your total dollar amount raised. It will impress the interviewer!
They are super! The interviewer needs to hear that you have great communication skills both verbally and written. Begin by telling the interviewer that you believe you have great communication skills. Next, share an example of a time when you were commended for your communication skills. Did a college professor commend you for your exceptional writing abilities? Have you always been selected to speak at staff meetings because of your speaking abilities? Have you been recognized for your ability to build relationships because of your amazing verbal skills? Mention what another person has told you about your communication skills, and share a little about how you know this person. It will be sure to impress!
Yes, you do! The interviewer understands that you need to believe in the cause to truly be an effective fundraiser for them. We recommend spending some time reviewing the organization's website prior to arriving for your interview to gain a better understanding of exactly what parts of the organization's cause will motivate you to keep going. When asked this question, share what aspects of the organization you are passionate about, and be sure to state that you definitely believe in their cause for fundraising!
Of course you are! The interviewer wants to hear that you are up for the challenge and excited to get started. Share that you understand there are a lot of complexities with fundraising, and you are excited to use your talents in the role. Mention that the challenge will keep your interest peaked and continually give you something to work towards.
Easy! Through building relationships! With every person you have gotten to know, they have helped introduce you to other people. This may have been through professional organizations in your town such as your local Chamber of Commerce or Young Professionals (YP) association. Think about how your connections have grown through experiences such as these, and share your story!
Technically, no, you don't! You are a driven, hard-working person, and you can do fundraising for a cause that isn't as worthy as another. Share that you could fundraise for a cause that wasn't as worthy to you, and you know you will be more effective when you are raising funds for a cause that is more worthy and meaningful to you!
You are persuasive! Begin by telling the interviewer that you are persuasive, and you are careful to not rub people the wrong way when trying to persuade someone. Next, share that there is a polite and welcoming way to persuade people to ask for money through community activites, sales, and other initiatives, and you utilize these because it automatically makes people want to give. Finally, be sure to share that your objective is to make people want to provide the organization with money while maintaining a positive relationship and reputation for the organization.
Now is the time to share the expertise that you have! Begin by providing the interviewer with an overview of what you have learned from your fundraising experience. Share what goes into the planning, what types of events work well or haven't worked well, mention how you network, and be sure to mention that you know you enjoy this field of work. If you are a recent graduate, no problem! Simply share what you have learned during your college career as well as from any internships you have had. Be sure to mention that you look forward to learning the ropes of the fundraising field and becoming an expert in this unique industry!
What keeps you going each day? Is it the feeling of satisfaction from accomplishing something great? Do you enjoy knowing that you are contributing to the greater good? Are you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle loving what you do to set a positive example for your children? Share with the interviewer this important tidbit about your life to help the interviewer understand more about who you are as a person.
This one should be easy! Simply share if you have worked in telemarketing before. If you have worked in telemarketing, share what company this was with as well as what you were selling.
Be open and honest with the interviewer sharing what experience, if any, you have. It will help the interviewer understand what type of training you should be provided should you be hired for the position. If you have experience, that's great! Share how many volunteers you have recruited for and what organization it was with. If you do not have experience, that is okay too! Share that you do not have any experience recruiting volunteers, and you look forward to learning the process.
Think about your favorite parts of your college education. What did you learn that most excites you for a career in this field? Begin by telling the interviewer where you went to college, and share 2-3 of your favorite things about your education such as favorite courses, team projects, key learning concepts, or how great of an overall education you feel you received. Next, share what you learned that gets you excited for a career in the field! Finally, be sure to mention that this excitement will be used to propel you in the field.
If you have led a fundraising campaign, wonderful! Tell the interviewer how many campaigns you have led or how many years you have been leading campaigns. Share what organizations these were with, and how many dollars were raised during your tenure. If you have never led a fundraising campaign, that is okay too! Simply tell the interviewer that you have not led a campaign, but you look forward to learning the ropes and putting your ideas into place to make the campaigns successful.
Above average! The interviewer needs to hear that you have a great work ethic and look forward to being an achiever for the organization. Tell the interviewer that you have an above average work ethic. If you are a recent graduate, back this up with your strong GPA and your extra-curriculars. If you have experience in the field, back this up by sharing a story about a great success you have had with fundraising!
Yes, yes, and yes! It is often through fun events that organizations raise funds, and you understand that the fun events will bring in the most dollars for the organization! Tell the interviewer that this business is all about fun raising to raise funds! The greater the event you can host, the more interest you will generate. And, the more interest you generate, the more money you will bring in for them!
We recommend that you review the organization's website prior to arriving at your interview to determine the techniques that will work best for the specific cause. Keep in mind the style of the organization, who they are raising funds for, and what mission they are promoting to ensure your fundraising techniques are in alignment with the company. Is it a serious healthcare organization? A more serious fundraising technique might be in order. Is it a cause for children? Something more fun and lighthearted might be fitting. When asked this question, simply share a couple of ideas you have for fundraising techniques, and be sure to mention that as you grow in the role and gain a better understanding of the organization's culture, you will be able to further generate appropriate fundraising options.
Absolutely! The interviewer needs to hear that you feel passionate about the organization. Tell the interviewer that you feel passionate about the organization, and explain why you are passionate about it. Was there a major life event that made you passionate about the organization's cause? Are you motivated because of another person's major life event? Have you worked for organizations that benefit from this organization, and you want to give back in this way? Whatever your motivation, now is the time to share it!
Simply share the largest amount of capital you have raised keeping in mind that it didn't all have to come in at once! This can be a large fundraising campaign that took place over many years. You can tell the interviewer a specific dollar amount, or you can share what percent you exceeded your goal by. Get ready to toot your horn! Now is a the time to share how amazing you are at fundraising!
Absolutely! Hosting a dinner is a great fundraising option, and showing the interviewer that you are open to hosting an event is always well received. You might share what you would do at the dinner as well as have an informal presentation or some form of entertainment. You may theme the event, have sponsors host tables, or create games/silent auction to go along with the evening to raise additional funds.
If you have sales experience, that's great! Tell the interviewer about your sales experience explaining where you have worked, what type of sales you were responsible for, and any sales goals you typically had to achieve. Be sure to include any formal sales training you have received as well as any awards you won for achieving top sales. If you do not have any sales experience, that is okay too! Simply share that you would love to take a sales training course to help you further succeed in the fundraising role!
Fundraising or fund raising (also development) is the process of soliciting and gathering contributions as money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies (see also crowd funding).