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I was an intern for two summers at headquarters. It was a great learning experience, I learned more about what I needed to know and had the opportunity to attend seminars and a conference. Very supportive and friendly coworkers. Great professional development and work experience for college studentsCons
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Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online – interviewed at Catholic Relief Services.Interview Details
I applied via the website and received an email from a Senior Recruitment Specialist a week later. The text of his message is below in quotes:
"Greetings from Catholic Relief Services. Thank you for your interest and application for our SiS Specialist position based out of our HQ office in Baltimore.
I’m the recruiter for this position and I would like to schedule a brief call to go over the job description, discuss your expectations and review your employment history. This is the initial step in the candidate selection process that precedes a formal interview.
Would you be available for a 30-minute call at 4:15pm EST on Friday, March 8th? I can also offer a 4pm EST time on Tuesday, March 12th as an alternate.
Please let me know if you are available and provide me with the best number, or Skype address, to contact you."
I replied that I wasn't interested in having a conversation unless there was real interest on his part since I had nothing more to add which wasn't already mentioned on the resume or cover letter and the job description was pretty clear. Never heard back.
Not sure what "expectations" he thought I had but I realize CRS is not Goldman Sachs. I applied because of my desire to help those in need. I was hoping to get an interview not spend 30 minutes on the phone so he could decide if he likes my voice. I think "expectations" was code for we don't want to pay you as much as you might want. I have two master's degrees - one from an Ivy League school with a 4.0 GPA, the other earned with distinction from a D.C. school and a 3.8 GPA. I was also a Peace Corps volunteer and interned with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department. Despite all that, I can't get an interview? Sorry I can't walk on water. These guys are looking for perfection which is a shame because CRS does good work. Given the nature of their mission, the selection criteria should differ from that of a firm focused on its bottom line but I sadly that is not the case.Interview Questions
- Never progressed to the interview stage because the recruiter was trying to decide if I deserved an interview. View Answer
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