International Republican Institute Interview Questions

Updated Jun 11, 2015
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    Program Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Very drawn out. It took months between interviews. Meeting with the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director was informative and interesting. They seemed sincere and interested in moving the process forward. The final "interview" was, as I recall, with the President and Vice President of the organization. They seemed capricious in their decision making and neither of them added much (positive) to the entire process, other than planning around their schedules meant that the organization waited weeks to hire me.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you have an interest in promoting democracy overseas? What in your background has prepared you for this?   Answer Question
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Email from HR about a week after submitting online application (of note: no cover letter required/accepted in application). First interview one week later - 20 minutes, easy questions. Second interview one week later with C-level staff - 30 minutes, easy questions. Offer extended (pending references) two days later. Friendly and casual interview atmosphere, but not very thorough vetting by hiring managers.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing was difficult, which in itself was unexpected.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Seems like a great organization in many respects, but extremely low salary for both industry and location standards. Also somewhat stuffy culture/office atmosphere.

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    Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at International Republican Institute.

    Interview

    This was absolutely the worst interview process I have ever gone through. After two phone interviews, I was flown to DC to meet with the President and Vice President, and the program manager. (They had me flight in and out of DC from Texas in the same day.) The program manager acted as though he had no idea who I was or why I was there. Clearly there was some internal miscommunication. After a very positive interview with the Pres and VP, the program manager basically made me an informal offer and said they would be in touch on Monday (it was Friday). Then I waited. And waited. And waited so long, another job offer I had on the table was withdrawn. My attempts to contact them were fruitless, they were clearly avoiding me. After several weeks, I was told they would be interviewing additional candidates. I inquired politely what I might have done better. No answer, and no further follow up.

    It was a heart breaking experience. I thought I had the job, and the rug was pulled out from under me at the 11th hour and I was left unemployed. I lost all respect for this organization and the people interviewing me. The way I was treated is simply unprofessional and disrespectful. Personally, it was heartbreaking.

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    Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute.

    Interview

    Went in for an in person interview and it went well. Never heard any follow up.

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    Program Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    1) Applied online 2) Had an informational interview with a friend in the organization 3) Interviewed with the deputy and director of the department I was going to work with 4) Interviewed with the President 5) Was made an offer

    This is the usual process, best advice is to find someone from the inside you can network and have advocate on your behalf. Also note that the time between initial interview and interview with the President or senior leadership can take some time as they travel often. Even if you are a well liked candidate the final interview can sink you; it is a casual interview but they are looking to see if you are a good fit for the organization.

    Interview Questions

    • Understand what the organization is. Do not except to travel the world and be offered an oversea posting soon after you are hired. Additionally, fully understanding their HR schedule for promotions and pay increases.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is not much flexibility unless you have another offer

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    Program Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Took about 2 months to hear back from initial application. First interview scheduled within the week contacted - took place over the phone as I live out of state, second interview scheduled at the conclusion of the first. Second interview seemed like it would normally have been broken up into 2 rounds (met with increasing levels of seniority) but wasn't as I had traveled in. Heard back following the second round within one week. Interviewers were concerned with fit (asked why IRI & wanted to understand my philosophy about democracy promotion).

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    International Relations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC) in March 2009.

    Interview

    Normal interview questions, environment. Fairly friendly atmosphere. Very structured and corporate feeling for a non-profit. You start by interviewing with lower level employees and advance up to the director. It is generally a fairly long process and you have to be proactive in communicating with those hiring.

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    Social Media Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute (Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    The interview process was very quick; they had done their research, knew exactly what they were looking to do and what kind of person they needed. It involved a one on one meeting, followed by a basic qualifications check. Communication was prompt and regular and I was kept updated throughout the process with progress.

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    Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at International Republican Institute in July 2008.

    Interview

    Very casual, with fit interviews starting at the middle management level, and finishing with the president and EVP of the organization. It all comes down to fit and this organization has a heavy hand at the top. The "front office" as they like to call themselves has to approve every hire and they have final veto without consultation from the junior or less senior staff.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to be here?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    non existent. Take it or leave it.

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