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National Democratic Institute Interviews

Updated Feb 22, 2015
Updated Feb 22, 2015

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    Program Officer Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at National Democratic Institute in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Typically, there is a 20-minute phone screening, two-hour writing test, 90-minute in-person panel interview, and, if you make it to the final round, an interview with the team director. I had applied and interviewed for positions with this same team at NDI previously, so this time around I did not have to do the phone screening nor the writing test. There is no language testing, which I thought was odd for a regional team -- typically in this field, strong foreign language abilities are requisite for this type of work, if not highly desirable.

    The in-person interview lasted for about two hours, and I met with a Program Manager and a Program Assistant. They asked some standard behavioral questions, as well as some questions about politics in the region to assess my knowledge of the main issues. They also described the programs that I would be managing, which the Program Assistant (despite being just out of college with no other relevant work experience), was singlehandedly backstopping. I asked some questions about the team and organizational culture, and they were very forthcoming about NDI's bureaucratic nature and lack of opportunities for professional development. Finally, they said that it could be a long time before they would be in touch about the final round, but they did ask for my references before concluding the interview.

    Over six weeks have passed since the interview, and I haven't received any more information or even an automated rejection email. I followed up with my interviewers a few weeks ago and didn't receive any response. I found out through informal channels that the team instead hired an intern/Project Assistant to help with these programs (instead of a Program Officer)... That seems really fishy to me, especially given that these programs warrant management from a more seasoned employee, as opposed to the skills of an intern. I thought the experience was a tremendous waste of time, and it was unprofessional on the part of the hiring managers to not at least send some sort of "thanks, but no thanks" message. I can safely say that I will not be applying for any positions with NDI in the future.

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1983
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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