Pew Charitable Trusts Interview Questions

Updated Feb 6, 2015
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Very formal process that seems to vary by department and the role being hired for. Interviewed twice by HR, then position's supervisor then the supervisor's supervisor. Date of application to date of job offer was ~75 days and it seems that's about average. References were checked extensively and a full background check was conducted. Interviews were pleasant but HR interaction was a bit flaky. Overall a positive experience.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I asked what the salary range was for the position and told what I now know is the low range. I set a salary requirement above that which was accepted without question or further negotiation.

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    Fundraiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    Very detailed and exhaustive vetting process, multiple meetings with a revolving cast of characters from the in house recruiter to would-be colleagues and managers. Final vetting by head of department, which in hindsight is a total personality test. If that manager did not like you, regardless of qualifications or others' opinions, you were out. Also in hindsight, there is a mismatch between title and daily work and job description and daily work. It's almost a bait and switch.

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate and the salary and benefits were competitive in the marketplace, but it was also clear that people who were hired after a certain date made a significantly higher salary than those hired before. This created a lot of dissatisfaction in the department.

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    Pew Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    I had three interviews total for the same position; they hired me ---- and THEN I had to wait another 45 days for a background check and THEN they "officially hired me" - meaning I received a FEDEX package stating I was hired. By that time, I almost forgot I applied.

    Interview Questions

    • "Why do you want to work at Pew?"   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Phase 1, HR phone interview. I asked a lot of detailed questions about the organization and the position, and the recruiter was unable to answer most of them. She replied with answers piecemeal over the next few days.
    Phase 2, 1:1 interview with my to-be supervisor. Standard interview fare. Unremarkable in every way
    Phase 3, I returned for THREE more 1:1 interviews, each an hour in length. It was exhausting and repetitive.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions were particularly difficult, but interviewing with 5 different people was unexpected and tedious   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They claim that all offers are based on "internal equity" and are non-negotiable. The offer I received seemed fair, so I didn't push it

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    You need lots of patience. Phone interview with HR staff --> phone interview with program directors--> "assignment"-->on-site interviews with several staff members -->phone interviews with high-ups.

    Negotiation

    little room for negotiation

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through the Pew website and was contacted within a few days. I did an HR phone screening, panel interview (surprised me as I was told it would be 1-on-1), phone interview, then about two months of waiting for a decision, with intermittent email exchanges with the hiring manager. I got the impression that employees operate under a lot of red tape and answer to a long chain of command. The most enjoyable part of the process was the panel interview; all the people I interviewed with seemed to be genuinely nice and helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions caught me off guard. It was mostly a casual conversation about my experience and resume.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    My own experience was lengthy, over several rounds of interviews and weeks. There's clearly very big internal roadblocks to clear in the interview process, and you get a sense that a number of people you never meet have to vet you before you get an offer. Which, if you get to that point, isn't negotiable even by a dollar. Welcome to the rarified world of "paying for the recognition." the offer I received was quite competitive (full disclosure) but they tell you up front that there's no counter-offer or negotiation. A bit unsettling when you hear that, and really, a hint of what the workplace will become.

    Interview Questions

    • Defending your years of experience. Someone you never meet calculates your experience based on your resume/cv. Then they tell you, though it may have taken, say 9 years of grad school and work to now be a PhD, they believe you really only have 5.5 years.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiations were rejected outright.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    Great HR staff, very easy to work with informative, and will talk to you!

    Negotiation

    No negotiation - it was low, even for a non-profit in DC as well funded as they are

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC) in May 2013.

    Interview

    The hiring process had a lot of steps, and I was referred by a current employee. Submit a resume unofficially, then officially, phone interview with HR rep, phone interview with the boss, in person interview with the boss and potential colleagues, another in-person interview with the boss's boss.....then you get hired!

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were pretty standard. Some quite open-ended. Mostly it was just a lengthy process.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They were pretty clear that there was no negotiation after the first offer. I have no idea if that is actually true, but that is what they told me. I accepted my first offer, though wonder if - in retrospect - I should have gone back.

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    Research Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts in March 2013.

    Interview

    Internal recruiter phone interview, Skype interview with supervisor, in-person interviews with project team

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Very high turnover. No one I interviewed with had been there more than 3 years. Side comments from team during interview gave me pause. CEO is viewed as a control freak and slows work process down.

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