Ashoka Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Ashoka (Arlington, VA).

    Interview

    The interview process is an interesting one and unorthodox in many ways. The process can often take upwards of two or three months and entail upwards of 6 interviews. The interview process is focussed on determining entrepreneurial traits and a proven record of creating and scaling something. There are many stages in the interview process which require you to self reflect and really identify areas where you have not only been successful but left a lasting change. While the length of the process can be frustrating the questions posed often allow you to think deeply about your work and life in ways previously undiscovered and in that sense is hugely beneficial

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    • Tell me about something you have created or started   1 Answer
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    Senior Partnerships Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Ashoka (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I had 5 or 6 interviews and the process took about 2 months (which is lightening speed for Ashoka)
    The process is lengthy, opaque and awfully subjective on the part of the interviewer. Ashoka hires for entrepreneurship, which is as fuzzy as it sounds.

    The organization is brimming with very smart, capable, talented people who are deeply committed to the organization and it's mission. For the social entrepreneurship/change space working at Ashoka is kind of like working at McKinsey. That said there are probably a few organizations that won't want to work with you if you've been there, but not many (and that's not been substantiated just my opinion).

    If you want to work here, make sure you are burning with desire to do so.

    Interview Questions

    • "You were born and then what?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No room to negotiate really.

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    A*Year Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Ashoka in October 2014.

    Interview

    Went through three phone interviews over a six-week period. The questions really got to the core of how the applicant embodies Ashoka's principles of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and social innovation. Overall a productive experience -- preparing for these interviews helped me think about how I personally reflect Ashoka's model, how someone with my skills could support their office, and how I might grow (within/without the company). I just wish it was more efficient in terms of scheduling and hearing back, but nothing much you can do about a busy office!

    Interview Questions

    • What was something new you started in high school?   1 Answer
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    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    - Very easy phone call interview about 30 mins telling them about my experiences. All behavioral. Since the internship role is very ambiguous, they want to hear about what projects you want to do and take one.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a hard project you had. What made it hard? How did you overcome it?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Unpaid in New York

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    Program Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Ashoka (Arlington, VA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Had two phone interviews and then a final in person interview with Social Financial Services Team. The first interview felt like a get to know you screen. The second interviewer delved more into my work history, describing the mission of the team and asked about entrepreneurship. The third interview was slightly incomplete.

    Interview Questions

    • The hardest question is how Social Financial Services team could improve their work largely because throughout the interviews, I could never get a strong grasp of what they did. Each person described the mission slightly differently and they were purposely vague on details.

      The Managing Director is ultimately looking for someone with strong entrepreneurship experience. I'm unclear as to whether he read my resume prior to the interview based on the flow of our conversation. Unfortunately he had asked me to schedule a part two to continue the discussion about organizations I started but ultimately decided I was too weak in that area and not worth pursuing the discussion further. If you are interested in this organization, make sure to highlight your entrepreneurial experiences on your resume and lead with it in your discussion.
       
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Ashoka.

    Interview

    Applied online and heard back right away. Submitted a resume and writing sample. Had one Skype interview before the offer and one following to discuss the position further. Manager was very helpful in making sure that the position fit my skills and interests. One week orientation provided to intern group that arrived at the beginning of the summer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a social problem and how you would go about solving it given unlimited resources.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    unpaid, declined negotiation

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    CV and cover letter sent directly to the regional office.

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    Full Time Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at Ashoka.

    Interview

    Long and tedious interview process that can last over a year and include 15-20 interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • If you do not have entrepreneurial experience, you will not be hired.   Answer Question
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Three interviews--mostly interested in why I'm interested in Ashoka. Asked about my own experiences as a "change-maker" and why social innovation is important.

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    Fundraising Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Ashoka in February 2014.

    Interview

    Ashoka posts some intern and job opportunities on their website, so you can find what you are interested in and applied for it via email. For application, a general application form is also requested. The intern position is requested by specific employees and they will contact you for an interview if you are a good fit.

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