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Updated Feb 8, 2015
Updated Feb 8, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Grant Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at NRDC in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I was first emailed, then called by a representative from HR, who conducted a screening interview. After the successful screening, I was asked to come in for an interview. I was interviewed by two of the development staff members. They were very friendly and the interview was pleasant, not stressful.
    They then sent me a 3-part writing assignment plus a very simple budgeting exercise to complete and submit for a "blind evaluation" process.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be okay with the fact that you will not be meeting foundation representatives or donors/i.e., that this is purely a writing job?
      Have you ever written a briefing document?
      What is your experience working with budgets?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I submitted an online application to the HR department. I was called for a phone interview first. Then I was invited in for a series of in person interviews. My references were then checked, and I was called with an offer. I negotiated my salary (higher than initial offer). Overall, the process was a neutral experience.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't any particularly difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at NRDC.

    Interview Details

    Asked basic interview questions, HR was really friendly and down to earth. Asked me for availability and told me I would be contacted the following week but never replied to a follow-up or full on reject me. Slightly unprofessional. Process = phone interview with HR in NY, then someone else in another office before an in person interview

    Interview Questions
    • logistical questions more-so; salary was asked off the bat   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at NRDC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online but also had someone that worked for the company get me in the door. I first had someone contact me for a pre-screening. I was called later that afternoon to set up a Skype interview (I was out of state). I was very prepared for the interview. I met with 5 different people in the company and it lasted over two hours. They seemed really impressed by my resume and gave me a timeline for when they would contact me (they said they would let all candidates know either way if they got the job). That day came with no call, so I contacted the company. They told me they were behind and should have an answer by the end of the week. I called after the weekend with no response. I have not heard back. I was very unimpressed by how this was handled. To go through a lengthy interview process and no one has the courtesy or respect to call you. The job was not going to offer much - they made it clear you could not move up in the company and the pay was likely very little. But given how this process was handled, I wouldn't apply again to the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Some Questions
      1. Give an example of when you worked individually and what results you got.
      2. Give an example of when you worked as a team and what you learned
      3. Describe a struggle you experienced and how you death with it
      4. The hardest question, for me, was where you see yourself in 5 years. I had a good answer, but after a company tells you that there is no room to move up and most people work only 2-3 years as a program assistant and then move out of the company or go back to school, it's hard to find an answer in line with that type of attitude.
       
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at NRDC.

    Interview Details

    I was given a brief phone screen, where the position was described and we went through my experiences on my resume. I was then called in for an in-person interview. It was a comfortable conversational interview, and I really appreciated the chance to meet other employees with the Program Assistant title, to learn more about the day-to-day. After the interview, my references were called, and I waited three weeks to hear back.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with multiple competing demands?   View Answer
    No Offer
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview and spoke with members of the Environmental Law Project team. They asked me general questions about my background and why I was interested in the environment. There were quite a few people on the conference call and much of the interview was spent chatting about the office dynamics and trying to figure out where I might fit on the team.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at NRDC in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very competitive nonprofit. Absolutely incredible staff--my interviews were intense, but also inspiring and enjoyable! I loved everyone I met. I had two phone interviews, and one long in-person interview (with two different panels). Due to the competetive nature of the position, I had to wait 2+weeks for a decision (but it's worth it!).

    Interview Questions
    • What's a tendancy or trait you have that often holds you back? Can you elaborate?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Wonderful! NRDC has world-class HR. They offered above the salary I requested for this position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at NRDC in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    1) Phone interview with HR- nice HR person, basic background questions.
    2) On-site interview with HR- very similar to first interview
    3) On-site group interview- interviewers were unprepared and focused primarily on personality questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Interviewer attempted a few times to find out about family/relationship information.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I felt the interview process was hectic and slightly unprofessional.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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