Obama For America Interview Questions

Updated Jun 6, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It was all phone interviews. They moved fasts as befits a campaign. This was for the summer before the 2012 election so there wasn't any time wasted. Campaigns are the definition of moving fast - puts any startup to shame. Loved working for the President. He, as well as the First Lady came by HQ which was a tremendous thing to see.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly just my experience with political polling and analytics. Nothing unexpected   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation since no salary

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I applied online through the campaign website and had to wait for a couple of months before I was contacted. I was emailed by a department director and we schedule a phone call. During the call, I was asked basic questions about my background and interest in working there, and was offered the job on the spot.

    Negotiation

    No negotiation phase.

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    Deputy Field Organizer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Obama For America.

    Interview

    Most hires are made through the pool of organizing fellows. If you vocalize your desire to be hired as staff, work hard and learn the ropes quickly, there's a very good chance you'll get hired!

    Negotiation

    Hirings are quick, as election cycels are such fast paced environments.

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    State Regional Operations Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Obama For America.

    Interview

    Having been a volunteer for an extended period of time I had a working relationship with operations staff from other parts of the country. In speaking to the Regional Operations Director for the area where I was a volunteer I had expressed an interest in a paid position and was asked for a resume. I was contacted about a week later and was asked if I had a preference of two states that were interested in interviewing me. The Deputy Operations Director from my preferred state contacted me and interviewed me for the position. At the end of the interview I was told to expect to be contacted by the Regional Operations Director for that area of the country. I had worked with this staff person as well when I was volunteering. They contacted me that evening. After the interview I was offered the position which I accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview was basically perfunctory with some clarifying of roles and responsibilities, which were much more in depth than the volunteer role I had taken on.
      We discussed my experience with the two main database programs used by the campaign and the systems and procedures I had created and implemented while volunteering.
       
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    Field Organizer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cocoa, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Obama For America (Cocoa, FL) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I was an intern brought on for the summer. I was advised that a couple of positions would be opening up and I indicated that I was interested. Then, submitted a resume to my boss, did an in person interview/discussion then a telephone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What drives you? Why do you want to work so very hard, given mediocre compensation?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They offered, I accepted.

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    Organizing Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Obama For America (Chicago, IL) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I would get on them if you are really into it. I think sending an email to the office head about when they'd come to a decision helped me. Remember--about 1/6 will get it, most of them students like you.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Unpaid area, so little to negotiate

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    Organizing Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Obama For America in April 2012.

    Interview

    Drove to the field office and had an interview with the state director and the assistant. The interview was informal, but they asked about my resume experiences, a few policy questions, and why I would want to be part of OFA. Overall a warm interview really about getting to know the candidate. Organizing requires generally extroverted personalities, so they probably vetted for character/values/etc.

    Interview Questions

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    Field Organizer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Obama For America (Cincinnati, OH) in December 2011.

    Interview

    2 interviews in person

    Negotiation

    none

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Obama For America (Chicago, IL) in August 2011.

    Interview

    I applied for the internship online. A few days later I was contacted by e-mail to set up a phone interview. They asked questions such as why I wanted to work in politics, why I support President Obama, etc. If you follow politics at all it's not a difficult interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Obama For America (Chicago, IL) in July 2008.

    Interview

    Volunteer experience was critical in landing an interview with the campaign. Like many other jobs in n on-political fields, knowing someone, or knowing someone that knows someone is an important part of getting your resume or work looked at. In the frantic pace of a campaign, hiring managers rarely look outside their own circle/networks, so it helped that I had experience volunteering for the campaign before being offered a position. The interview itself consisted of a tour and what felt like more of a personality test than a skills and capabilities test, despite my preparation for a very hands-on interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you make it to Chicago?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was really no negotiation involved. There was no way the campaign was prepared to match my corporate salary, so it really became a decision of if the job was something I wanted to do on a personal level. Fortunately, it was exactly the type of job I was looking for.

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