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Updated Nov 26, 2014
Updated Nov 26, 2014
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Aspen Institute.

    Interview Details

    Several weeks after applying through the online system, I received an email that was a addressed to an unspecified number of applicants. We were invited to submit a cover letter. The email provided a timeline for the rest of the application process. After review of the cover letters, some applicants would be selected for a phone interview, and eventually an in person interview. Some time later I received another mass email inviting me to use Doodle to schedule a phone interview. I conducted the phone interview with the program director. The first question was the most challenging-"Describe your values." I found it difficult to satisfy the interviewer with my answers to this very vague question. He asked me to elaborate or something similar three or four times. After this, the questions were easier and we had a good conversation. Other than the first question, I felt good about the interview. About a week later, I received a mass (not personally addressed) "thanks but no thanks" email from the program director who called himself an incredibly informal nickname. I thought this last email was quite unprofessional and given the 45 minute interview, I though I at least deserved a response addressed to me personally and not "Dear Applicant".

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Program Coordinator - Franklin Project Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Aspen Institute.

    Interview Details

    The organization acts pretty quickly in terms of turnaround. Nice people and mission driven. The organization itself is pretty well put together and has a clear vision with idealistic individuals who want to get it done for the right reasons. If you believe in service, then this is the place to go as it very well established and well known.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked a lot about values, which is sometimes to hard to think of on the fly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Arts Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Aspen Institute in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I received an unexpected phone call from the Aspen Institute. My interviewer claimed it was a "pre-screen," yet he was asking me interview questions. He did not ask if this was a good time to speak and did not schedule the phone call with me.

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    • The entire phone call interview was unexpected. I expect more professional etiquette from employers to schedule any form of interview rather than putting a potential candidate on the spot.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Aspen Institute.

    Interview Details

    Varies depending on the program

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Aspen Institute in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    referral from former employee; first received phone call from current intern, then came to the office for 1:1 interview, then after given offer with no room to negotiate i accepted and began work within the month. all protocol was simply that as no other candidates were seriously considered. good for me at the time since i was unemployed for 6 months, bad for me in that i had no idea the psychotic nature of management, nor the lack of opportunities i would have. o well, i moved on :)

    Interview Questions
    • what makes you qualified for this job? unexpected in that i had multiple degrees and this position was far below my capabilities, which was known, but i guess they wanted to keep with protocol just this once   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Aspen Institute in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    I started out as an intern at the Aspen Institute and worked my way up. The best way to get hired is via internal reference. They will look for internal hires before looking for external hires (and even with external hires, as most jobs in Washington go, it IS about who you know).

    Interview Questions
    • What did you do as an intern for Aspen?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Aspen, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Aspen, CO
    Application Details

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Aspen Institute in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received an email a few days later about a phone interview. I was abroad at the time, but they were very pleasant and arranged the interview around the extreme time difference. First phone interview was with 1 person, the second was with a panel of 3-4, and the third was with my future internship director. Overall great experience.

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    Negotiation Details
    Took the offer as they gave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Usually interviewed by 2 program staff members. A short 15-20 minute interview and relatively conversational.

    Interview Questions
    • How does this position relate to your future career plan?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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