The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Internship Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Asia Foundation in October 2009.
Interview Details – initial contact and application process was very smooth, with an hr generalist to assist the process. applied online, got a call for an initial interview with some lower level associates, with your usual nonprofit interview questions. everyone was very professional. got called for a 2nd interview, with a couple mid level managers, 1 on 1 with 3 directors. Response from the 2nd interview took a while to get back, and eventually not offered the position. I contacted one of the directors, who had given me her business card (and had told me to contact her if I had any questions during the entire process). I contacted via phone and email, to which I got no response. Very unprofessional. A simple question of why I wasn't the one chosen for the position, which many orgs have offered me in great detail.
Interview Question – basic interpersonal questions, background of how your experience fits the job... Answer Question
Finance Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The Asia Foundation in April 2011.
Interview Details – In the interview, you will know that they are not interested in you. From the start, they only talk about TAF, so I agree from the other review made earlier that the managers need to be replaced because even the Senior Director who is supposed to be the leader of the group interviewing did not even show that he knew the protocol of a decent review- didn't introduce himself- nor shake your hands before and after the interview. The first thing he said was totally a discouraging comment that your qualifications are so..... Therefore, during the interview process, you felt so discouraged to even continue talking and so with the other employees. It showed that the interview is so political and you better be a Chinese to be accepted.
Program Officer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Asia Foundation in October 2010.
Interview Details – Initial communication by email with a newly opened job description, followed by an unofficial meeting with the program director requested by me. after an official application for the job from my side, they requested a salary history form. Then official interview was held with 3 people. Then came letter of offer with my my last salary almost unchanged and I accepted the offer as the job itself seemed appealing.
Interview Question – Most difficult question was if I knew or had experience of working with standards. This wasn't really my area. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate. later I learnt that other people negotiated and got an increased salary straightaway. I would suggest to always negotiate and ask for an increase.