The Humane Society
3.0 of 5 28 reviews
www.humanesociety.org Gaithersburg, MD 150 to 499 Employees

The Humane Society Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Animal Care Tech Interview

Animal Care Tech
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Humane Society.

Interview Details – Getting into the building was a challenge. I had to ask a random person to let me in. She helped me find my way so that was nice. Waited for the hiring manager for about 15 minutes. There were no seats, it looked so cluttered and dirty.

Interview Question – If you were a dog, which dog would you be?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Hiring managers weren't very friendly and the environment was just weird..

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Manager Interview

Manager

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at The Humane Society.

Interview Details – Initial interview sat down with ED. Basic interview questions. Easy because I was qualified for the position,

Interview Question – Ability to know details of duties required.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Communications Interview

Communications
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Humane Society in May 2010.

Interview Details – When I was hired I simply interviewed (twice) with the hiring manager. These days, HR is much more involved in pre-selecting candidates and managers only get pre-qualified applicants to choose from. This is mostly good, although sometimes you may be missing out on some candidates due to HR's pre-interview which, from what other newer employees have said, includes very random questions that don't necessarily relate to the position you're applying for.

Interview Question – I've heard about some bosses asking such random questions as "How does a bill become a law?" This is definitely an odd question, although being that our organization does advocacy work for animals it seems this is why that question is asked. Otherwise, it really depends on who's interviewing you and what their experience is with interviewing candidates as some managers ask high-level -- and, to me, worthless -- questions such as, "Where do you see yourself in five years?", whereas other managers really base their questions on the candidate's resume and experience. In my interview, the hiring manager had a pre-selected list of questions -- to me, a waste since you should really be talking to the candidate and trying to figure them out as a person and an employee. But, I know many managers feel more comfortable having a pre-set list of questions to go off of.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation; I was straight out of college so I was just happy to have a steady paycheck!

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Employee Interview

Employee
Washington, DC

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at The Humane Society in March 2010.

Interview Details – I found the job on their website and applied online. I was brought in for 2 interviews and also had a phone interview. They did a background check.

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Negotiation Details – There wasn't too much wiggle room, but they were willing to work with me to find a salary we were both comfortable with.

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Management Interview

Management
Englewood, FL

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at The Humane Society in August 2009.

Interview Details – Three Separate interviews offering little information about salary

Interview Question – Please tell me you weekness   View Answers (2)

Reason for Declining – acceped differen offer

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at The Humane Society in June 2010.

Interview Details – It was very informal. They called, asked a few behavioral questions, and then pretty much offered me the job, assuming that my background check went ok. I think they more focus on your resume than anything else

Interview Question – Why do you want this internship?   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Media Relations Interview

Media Relations

The process took 2 months - interviewed at The Humane Society in April 2012.

Interview Details – HSUS strung me along for two and a half months with an interview process that included several phone and in-person interviews and an incredibly long writing test. the interviews were random and interviewers were clearly unprepared. Despite making several comments that led me to believe I was their ideal candidate, they chose someone else for the position, and failed to inform me despite all of the time and energy invested in the process. They ignored several attempts to follow up by email and telephone. When I finally managed to get in touch with the hiring manager, she bitched me out for calling while still not telling me the position had been filled. Completely bizarre and unprofessional behavior all the way around.

Interview Question – Interview questions were highly irrelevant and bizarre.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Executive Director Interview

Executive Director

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The Humane Society in November 2009.

Interview Details – Phone interview with several people on speaker phone at the other end. The questions were about 50% related to the job description and 50% out of the blue. Turns out they were using members of the Board of Directors to conduct the interview. A couple of whom had no idea what the job entailed. They tended to talk over each other and not identify who was talking. Hard to focus and answer with relevant information. Offered a job one level beneath the one we were talking about because that recently filled position was open again. Did not get a good feeling about the stability and direction of the organization.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to dicipline an employee over a rules infraction.   View Answer

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