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30 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brown

Updated August 21st, 2018
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When have you been rejected before? How did you handle it?
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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.
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1.
When have you been rejected before? How did you handle it?
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.
2.
What creative ideas have you seen work in fundraising?
There are all sorts of creative ways to raise funds! Think about the fun things you have seen. You may have witnessed:

- A community Olympics or sports games event where teams pay to participate
- Trivia tournaments
- Auctions
- Dancing with the Stars Community Edition
- Gala
- Casino Nights
- Talent Shows
- Fashion Shows
- Jail Night - having people raise enough 'bail' money to get out of jail


Simply share 2-3 creative ideas you have witnessed! Here's an answer example: "For my college marketing association, that I was secretary for, we held an annual casino night at the college. Each year, the event alone was successful enough to meet our annual budget."
Ryan's Answer
"For my college marketing association, that I was secretary for, we held an annual casino night at the college. Each year, the event alone was successful enough to meet our annual budget."
3.
Are you comfortable asking people for money?
Absolutely! Fundraising is all about asking people for money in unique ways, and you are a pro at it to be in the field! Tell the interviewer that fundraising is asking people for money, and this is often done in outside of the box ways. Share that you enjoy collecting money to fundraise for whatever organization you are a part of, and you look forward to doing so for this company.
4.
Tell me about a time when you led a group of people in a business assignment.
The interviewer wants to hear about a positive experience you have had with leadership. Think about a time when you led a group either in the work environment or on a business class assignment when you were really proud of the outcome! Start off by giving the interviewer a high-level overview of what you were leading, and share that you enjoyed the experience. Discuss the positive outcome that the group had, and explain that you would gladly lead again!
5.
What do you know about our projects, and the reason why we are raising funds?
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!
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