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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I made it to stage 3 of the interview. The application itself requires you to answer a questionnaire. After 1 week of submitting my resume, they contacted me for an interview. Stage 1 consists of a short, 30-minute exercise with mostly personality/fit questions, and one content question with a current Avaaz campaigner. Stage 2 is a 24-hour practical exercise, where you're given a few scenarios and should respond to them. Stage 3 was a one-hour interview with another Avaaz campaigner, that included some personality/fit questions and some scenario questions. I heard back quickly, usually within a few days between each round.

    I didn't have a negative experience, as some people described on here. Both my interviewers seemed kind. They were strange interviews though, and I felt like I left them more confused than anything.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you like to be managed?   Answer Question
    • What's an example of a good and bad manager you have?   Answer Question
    • What triggers you?   Answer Question
    • Avaaz finds out that a politician from an African nation is planning on rigging an election. How would you devise a campaign for this?   Answer Question

  2.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation.

    Interview

    The time between when I applied to when I was offered a position was approximately two months. Even when there were delays, communication throughout the process was excellent.

    I enjoyed answering the initial questions in the application and they set me up well to understand how the process would be different. The interviews over Skype were appropriately intense as they were well designed to determine whether I would thrive at the organization. I constantly needed to remind myself to own “my stuff” and be willing to be challenged to go deeper. Any of my performative or surface level answers were quickly called out as such and I was given an opportunity to try again from a deeper, more authentic level. I was not perfect in doing so - it's hard in an interview context! - but focused on remaining engaged in trying, which is what was important.

    I did three separate skills based exercises and received thorough feedback on each. Words were not minced when feedback was given, which is a style that I appreciate.

    Even if I had not received an offer, the process of diving more deeply and reframing my experience and direction would have been valuable.

    Interview Questions

    • What is some feedback you have received which was hard to hear, but valuable for you? What would you do differently next time? Tell me a story about you beyond what we've already covered and what you submitted.   Answer Question
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    Campaign Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation.

    Interview

    I had a one-on-one skype interview with a recruiter for the organization named Elana. Throughout the interview she was combative, rude, and condescending. It was such a nasty experience that I almost cut of the interview in the middle of the interview. It seemed as if she was trying to be more of a therapist than a manager. It was so unforgettable and uncomfortable that I wrote to the executive director Ricken who I received no response from despite having met him at several political events.

    The whole time she was explaining how elitist the organization was and how they described themselves as meritocratic (an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth) even though I was asked no real questions about my skills (I am HIGHLY respected and accomplished in my field) and instead very leading personal questions. Elana went to explain how she and a man had created their entire management process and kept fishing for compliments.

    Overall, the worst interview experience I have ever had. I really worry for the staff here and based on other interview reviews I've read and my own I would highly recommend avoiding this problematic organization.

    Interview Questions


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    Technical Operations Associate/Officer (IT Role) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Asheville, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (Asheville, NC) in September 2018.

    Interview

    I had five 1-on-1 interviews with different team members over Skype and Zoom. The first four interviews went well and I enjoyed answering the non-standard questions and the discussions that came up around my answers. Talking about triggers is a good exercise and I appreciated the feedback I received from the interviewers. There were some misplaced notes and confusion around who was supposed to be interviewing me but none of it was a big deal.

     The fifth interviewer stated their outstanding concern from my earlier interviews, that I only heard about in this interview, was that they did not believe I would be able to give the hard feedback they expect in their company culture. I asked if there was a scenario that they would like me to listen and respond to with feedback. Instead I was asked to give feedback on the interview process.

     This seemed odd to me and made me really uncomfortable. I stated that but pushed past it and gave very direct feedback about the complete lack of voices of color in the hiring process of this international organization. There was no discussion around my critique or follow-up questions. I was then told that if I was offered a position I would have to give up all side work and let Avaaz determine when I could volunteer with other organizations on my personal time. I was a bit shocked upon hearing this since I had talked openly about the work I do in both my small side business and volunteer positions in all of my other interviews and was told that they wouldn't be a problem.

     The next day, I sent a thank you email for the interview and I mentioned that, while I did appreciate the opportunity to offer feedback, I was uncomfortable offering all of my thoughts in an "interviewer/interview-ee" dynamic. I received an email within 15 minutes saying that they would not be moving forward with my interview process because...

    "We ask you to walk in with 100% trust and only withdraw it if you are given reason to. We also require full and complete feedback up, down and sideways as a condition of being on the Avaaz team"

     While I was bummed out that I didn't get the job, the role seemed like a good fit for me, I am okay with this outcome because I don't want to work in a place that is about mind games. If Avaaz wants people to "walk in with 100% trust" they should at least tell their interview-ees that this is an expectation and allow people to decide for themselves if that is something that they can honestly offer. I was asked about hierarchical style management in almost every interview, perhaps one of those times I could have been asked whether I believe 100% trust in an organization is a healthy requirement from an employer instead. I could have saved all of us some time.

     It is hard for me to believe that Avaaz is actually getting the feedback that it needs versus the feedback that it wants to hear with this hiring process, but that is none of my business. I wrote this review so that folks going into this interview process know what Avaaz wants from them before doing the emotionally intensive work that will leave you exposed. If you cannot give them 100% trust when you submit your resume, this is probably not the organization for you either.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one of your triggers and how do you respond when you are triggered?   Answer Question

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    Operations Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (Chicago, IL) in September 2018.

    Interview

    They used "youcanbookme" to make it easy to schedule the interview, but then required setting up Skype for the interview itself. While that was not challenging, it was not as easy/straightforward as just sharing a WebEx, Zoom, etc. or using any of the other numerous platforms available for video interviewing.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you deal with a situation in which your supervisor called you out on a mistake in front of others? (Paraphrasing here, but along these lines)   Answer Question

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    Campaign Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation.

    Interview

    Short Skype one on one interviews + written assignments. It seemed rather unfriendly. They came off as quite fearful and combative on their side, like they were trying to prevent certain kinds of people from joining the organization. They repeatedly stated (in both interviews) that Avaaz is very hierarchical and asked if I would be alright in such an environment. I found it strange because most organizations/companies wouldn't be proud of this. I lost interest in the middle of the process. By the end, I had the sense that this was a pretty harsh and cold work environment.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your trigger? Avaaz is hierarchical. Are you okay working with a hierarchical organization?   Answer Question

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    Campaigner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation.

    Interview

    I applied (extensive questionnaire) and moved on to a test. I then did two interviews. They were very odd and felt manipulative. In the middle of one they said "I was going to ask you some questions about emotions but I feel that you've been very closed off and not in touch with your emotions." (Then they asked the crying at a staff retreat question that other reviewers have mentioned.)

    Look, I care about workplace culture and fit and don't mind questions about cultural fit, but it is incredibly manipulative to play a trick (likely they ask that of all applicants regardless of how they show up) and force you to emotional openness when you don't even have the job yet. I was really uncomfortable by how disrespectful two white middle-class senior staff were in regards to manipulative questions about emotions. In the end, they rejected me, saying I was very strategic (read: overqualified for the junior position) but needed to work on my self-management. To make such a sweeping assessment after meeting me briefly in an interview rather than making an assessment after working with me is just poor hiring practices and is disrespectful to the applicant.

    They invited me to apply again in a year and I decided against it because they came off as very cultlike and suppressive of dissent and protective of the CEO who has been there for years. They don't want anyone who will shake things up.

    I am now in a senior position at another digital first organization that has a much better culture than Avaaz and grateful I got to know how they will force you to share more about your emotions than you are comfortable with and then use it against you. I would really advise Avaaz to stop playing tricks in interviews and stop giving sweeping unsolicited feedback. It doesn't actually get you better applicants, but Avaaz isn't actually interested in getting the most qualified applicants, they want to make sure they don't hire anyone who will question authority and shake things up. I'm all for hierarchy when it's used well, but their questions are more about sussing out your loyalty to them rather than your qualifications.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you like to be managed? What's your best experience with a manager and your worst?   Answer Question
    • We tell personal stories sometimes at staff retreats. If another staff member were to cry during this, what would you do?   Answer Question

    Avaaz Foundation Response

    Apr 16, 2018 – Chief Operating Officer

    First, I want to thank you for your feedback for our team. It's a really valuable reminder of how folks can feel on the other side of an interview. I'm sorry it felt manipulative to you, that's never, ever our aim. My takeaway is that we need to be better at explaining why we're asking some of the questions we ask, and what we're looking for in candidates.

    At the same time, I think your post highlights for me that we all got to the right outcome in this case. Interviewing is as much about you understanding our org and what it would be like to work with us, as it is us assessing your fit for the organization and whether you have the skill sets we need. Ultimately, we are an organization that believes that the best campaigners come to this work because it's deeply emotional for us. We're not here just for a job, but because our work has everything to do with who we are and what we believe in. So yes, our team talks about our emotions and we work hard to grow as people -- which we believe also translates into growth in our leadership and our connection to the community of Avaaz members we serve.

    And the truth is that isn't for everyone... nor does it need to be. There's no 'right' or 'wrong' way here. But there is the way we function as a team. And we want to be transparent about it, and get a sense of whether that is what an applicant wants to have as part of their work environment. And, like all other orgs, we have the tough task of deciding whether we think it's an environment in which the candidate will flourish. We don't ask everyone about crying at a retreat, or tell them that we can't get a sense of them beyond the interview veneer. We say it when we feel it. And we're honest about a whole host of other things when we feel them. For instance, on your point about questioning authority, I'm sure there are other applicants out there who would tell you they had extensive conversations about times they've given (or withheld) tough feedback from others, times they shied away from questioning the CEO, and what was going on internally that stopped them.

    That's all indicative of how our team works: we give feedback on things big and small, objective and subjective, and we trust each other to talk about them in a way that's caring and productive. In interviews sadly it means that there are people who feel offended by that feedback, for sure. But it also indicates that they really wouldn't be happy on our team. And, on the other side of things, it's also led to hundreds of really incredible conversations with people we didn't hire who appreciated having an interviewer listen to them deeply and really try to get to know them. I'm not saying we get it right 100% of the time, but I am entirely sure that it comes from respect 100% of the time.

    Last: congratulations! I'm really glad to hear you found a position and an organization that feel like a great fit for you. We interview so many incredible people that aren't a great match for us, but that we know are going to do amazing things to make the world a better place. It's nice to hear when someone finds a place they can do that :)

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    Campaigner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (New York, NY) in February 2018.

    Interview

    In-person, over skype. Friendly, communicative, and respectful. It lasted about a half hour, and covered quite a lot of ground. The interviewer was very helpful in explaining the structure of the interview and the areas we would cover.

    Interview Questions

    • What were some positive experiences in prior work environments   1 Answer

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    Junior Campaigner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (New York, NY) in January 2018.

    Interview

    I sent an application via the Avaaz website.
    A couple of weeks later, I received an email indicating I will have a first conversation with one of Avaaz campaigner. We scheduled an appointment on Skype.
    The interview lasted 1 hour and was divided in 3 parts:
    1/ A lots of questions about management, the way you like to work, collaborate (etc)
    2/ Practical exercises corresponding to the job
    3/ Questions we are free to ask

    Interview Questions

    • 1/ Do you prefer hierarchical management or horizontal management ?   Answer Question

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    Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Filled out a very lengthy personalized questionnaire about why I thought I would be a good fit at Avaaz, my work experience, etc. This process took quite some time. Then received an additional email some time later asking me to give a detailed response about architecting their system, which they expected would take up to an hour. At this point, I had some additional questions about the nature of the role, the team's size, etc. as the job posting had been rather vague, and it's unreasonable to expect someone to spend multiple hours on an interview before even figuring out whether or not the job is a good fit. I received a form response about how they'd be able to give me more information about the job once I'd answered their technical question. I passed -- there are plenty of other companies that are willing to at least chat with me and get some additional detail about the job given my credentials (degree from a top 5 engineering university, have worked for one of the tech giants). I recommend that they streamline their process and get some better HR folks in place who have more of an interest in ensuring that a job is a mutual fit, and not just having people jump through hoops for the sake of it.

    Interview Questions

    • Avaaz has asked you to propose a high-level design for our code The system has several requirements: We need members to be able to sign petitions. We need members to be able to communicate in message boards, where the topic of each message board is one particular petition. Finally, we need to be easily able to find our most active members, our most signed petitions, and the total number of signatures across all petitions --- Explain without writing code, how you would design this system using an object oriented language. What classes would you create? What methods and properties would they need? How would they interact with each other? Make a note of any design principals or difficult decisions you encounter while answering this problem. *   Answer Question

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