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Center for American Progress Interview Questions

Updated Aug 6, 2015
23 Interview Reviews

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    First was a writing test, followed by an initial interview with manager, followed by interview with senior staff member, and then a subsequent interview with another senior staff member.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    It was very simple. I was called on the phone, talked for about 15 - 20 minutes. Everything was about experience and the job. It was awhile ago so i do not fully remember all the questions.

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    External Affairs Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    Very easy and basic application. Got a phone interview within 3-6 weeks of submitting my app. The phone interview was with the special assistant of the specific team you're applying to. Simple questions like "What are you most passionate about" and "What experience do you have in X, Y, Z." Lasted no longer than 30 min. Heard back 1-2 weeks afterwards. They definitely call your references.

    Interview Questions

    • How have your experiences shaped your vision for the future?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    Applied online by given deadline; was contacted a few weeks later for a phone interview. Was offered the position a few weeks after that. Typical interview questions - why CAP, what's your weakest attribute, what policies do you care about the most, run through your resume, what was your favorite experience in college, etc. The time frame was really great - I heard back quickly.

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  6. Helpful (2)  

    Special Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for American Progress in October 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online. Within two weeks I went to their office for an in-person interview with the outgoing person at the position. Interview was standard 30-minute with standard questions. Interviewer promised to get back to me within two weeks (which was the end of their employment at CAP). Interviewer told me hiring was taking longer than expected, and after interviewer left CAP there was no more correspondence (either from the department or HR). Eventually, the position was taken off their job listings page and was filled.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you deal with a manager that had a different managing style than you are accustomed to?   Answer Question
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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I applied online. I received a phone message (but I was working elsewhere at the time) so I could not respond right when they called. It was absolutely impossible to make out the message. No matter how loudly or how slowly the message played, it was very difficult to understand what was the message. After 4-5 tries I managed to reverse-Google the phone number and realized it was CAP. I called the number to proceed with the process. Two people I spoke to on two separate days said that unless I had a name from the message, they couldn't direct me to the right person. I explained to each person that whoever left the message needed to enunciate more and the second person transferred me. The next two people I spoke to needed me to explain the situation AGAIN and the last one attempted to transfer to the press office. I managed to halt that transfer and explained that I had not applied to a press/media position. Finally I managed to get ahold of the person that I think was the one who posted the position or was the supervisor, since it seemed her name was within the garbled message. She said she would look into it and get back to me. Following up via email during the next week led to no response. Based on some of the other reviews here, this lack of response was not an isolated case here (nor is it isolated just to CAP). I guess they do not have an HR director/admin assistant to handle the incoming applicant flow. The disorganization and sloppy work was rather disappointing, but I suppose it was better to sooner rather than later in the process.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    I received an email from the Center for American Progress a month after I sent in the application. I had been selected to interview for a policy team. I had a phone interview with an assistant.. He asked pretty standard questions, and the interview lasted around 30 minutes. He told me that he did not get to make the decision but he was to pass his opinion onto the intern coordinator. I did not receive any further communication from them until I contacted them at which point they told me I would not be offered an internship.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about work you've done in specific policy areas, and statistics you found interesting.   Answer Question
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    Economic Policy Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    I applied through the regular application process and was contacted about a month and a half later. The interview process was pretty straight forward. The interviewer was friendly and allowed me to express myself fully. the questions were mostly on what area of public policy i wanted to work in and how I thought I could contribute to that area.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your top three areas of interest and how do you think you can contribute to these areas.   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Center for American Progress.

    Interview

    5 months with an HR backlog that stretched it out at the end

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Aim high.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Center for American Progress (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Behavioral questions to get interest

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