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YMCA Program Director Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jan 23, 2014
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Program Director
Long Beach, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – Job gets posted online (jobing.com). Get screened via a phone interview. Brought in for a panel interview with a branch Executive Director, and two other Program Directors from other departments. The interview questions are geared towards past experience, ideas of ways to grow programs, marketing, and ways to have a positive impact on the community.

Interview Question – Do you like raising money, and have you had prior experience raising money for a mission-driven organization?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate my salary up by a little. They were tough - didn't want to budge.


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Program Director Interview

Program Director
Batavia, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – Was recruited from an internet website. Received a call from the HR Manager and scheduled a brief phone interview. Lots of STAR questions "Tell me of a time..." Was asked back for a second interview, which was a 2-on-1 with an Executive Director and HR Manager. Again, lots of STAR questions. Was offered the position but declined.

Interview Question – The interviewer turned my credentials around on me in a negative light and said "When I tell our board of directors I hired someone who worked at X, did Y and doesn't have Z, how would you like me to respond?"   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Better job offer elsewhere.


Accepted Offer

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Program Director Interview

Program Director

Interviewed at YMCA

Interview Details – Was recruited through a colleague. Interviewed with board members, several executive directors.

Interview Question – How would you intitiate improvements   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Program Director Interview

Program Director

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at YMCA in July 2009.

Interview Details – Multiple parts to the process including a behavioral type of interview in front of a group.

Interview Question – What kind of supervisors do you prefer to work for?   Answer Question


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Program Director
Encinitas, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in September 2009.

Interview Details – phone interviews with supervisor for background check, phone interview (2), in person interview 1:1, and group interview with senior management team

Interview Question – Do you know about our Annual Giving Campaign? Have you participated in the Campaign, what was your role? How much did you raise? What is your knowledge/background of fundraising?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Average Interview

Program Director Interview

Program Director

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – Interviewed by a panel of 8 people from different careers and communities. Each one had question related to position, and asked for examples of situations.

Interview Question – New PRogram was I up to the challenge and why?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They were flexible with my schedule as a single parent and as far as salary compromise.


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Program Director Interview

Program Director

Interviewed at YMCA

Interview Details – You will be interviewed by 3 different groups of people. Senior management, Director Peers in your prospective branch, and specific Department Director Peers across the association (all branches). Plan on spending 3 hours and answering lots of questions and asking questions of them.

Interview Question – Why should we hire you.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – People say they are happy but they don't really seem happy. They seem stressed out.

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