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Avaaz Foundation Interview Questions

Updated Oct 26, 2017
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    Campaign Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)) in September 2017.

    Interview

    There was first a screening interview with indepth strategy questions with another campaign manager, then it progressed to an exercise. A further interview would have been scheduled if I progressed further.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you like to work? What type of campaign would you do for "x" situation?   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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    Operations Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (New York, NY) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Non traditional interview process combines Skype initial interview. Then if chosen to proceed applicants are asked to do a mock work session. Then additional Skype interviews with various Executives. This process seems to work for them but it is cumbersome for most applicants. The interview felt forced in that they expect you to give the perfect, exact answers they are looking for by pushing you through- but then those answers are used against you during the feedback portion. I knew within 15 mins of the start of the interview that I did not want to work for the organization and would not have accepted the next step of the process had it been offered.

    Interview Questions

    • Sometimes at company retreats we ask employees to tell personal stories and these stories can sometimes be emotional. How would you feel if one of your coworkers began to cry during the retreat session?   1 Answer
    • You planned the company retreat in Greece and filed for all appropriate visas, but a team member has been delayed at the airport- what do you do?   1 Answer

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    Global Campaigner Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Applied Online
    Contacted within a week
    First Interview with Senior Campaigner
    Was to the point and not very formal. Relaxed via Skype
    Given a written assignment to create an email campaign. Given 24 hours time to complete
    Review of the assignment was insightful and helpful.
    Asked if interested to revise the assignment after the feedback and given 24 hours.
    Re-submitted and Followed up
    Contacted and informed about moving to the next round.
    The process took 3 months

    Interview Questions

    • How do you like to be managed? A lot of instructions or you like to have a lot of freedom   1 Answer

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    Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (Boston, MA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    So destructive that it has taken me over a year to write about it, not just because of the emotional impact, but also the practical effects on my life. In summary: I applied for 2 positions. The first, I was told would have been mine had they decided to actually hire for it (they called after 2 or 3 interviews to tell me the role had been "de-prioritized", but that I was their #1 choice). For the second role, I had several more interviews. During the final interview, the interviewer (the ED), told me that she didn't see how I was qualified for the role. I attempted to counter that by explaining why I thought I was (really I was just bewildered by the statement seeing as I had just undergone several interviews and exercises, and didn't understand why I would have reached this point if I wasn't qualified). They ended up making an offer anyway quite quickly as I had very recently accepted a different offer and explained to them that since I was going to have to rescind my acceptance of offer A, I needed to do it ASAP. I am also a part-time student, which is listed at the top of my resume. I worked for them for 5 days during which time my school schedule became an issue (A total of 5 hours of class time per week. Bear in mind that Avaaz is a virtual organization. I was working remotely. It was very clear that many Avaaz employees did not keep traditional hours. It also says in their handbook that alternative schedules are approved by line managers. My line manager knew about my classes and said it was ok.). They asked that I drop a class in order to make my schedule more amenable to their needs which I succeeded in doing regardless of the add/drop deadline already having passed. Then, they fired me, claiming that I had failed to practice what they call "radical honesty". Needless to say, I was unable to get the first offer back and was thrown into a high pressure job search. This is the most egregious part of the experience. It was also just generally fraught with inadequate internal communication. I should have heeded that as a warning sign during the first round and stayed away, but the prospect of what I thought would be fulfilling work drew me in.


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    Member Engagement Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (London, England (UK)) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by a campaigner in a time zone near the one I am based in. She was incredibly friendly and talkative. We talked about my résumé and my experiences, and ultimately how I liked to be managed. If you say you like to work independently, it is unlikely you will proceed in the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you like to be managed?   1 Answer

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    Member Engagement Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in September 2016.

    Interview

    The process took about a month with one Skype interview and then a written exercise. There would have been additional interviews however I was not chosen to proceed after my written submission.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation in June 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process I had with Avaaz involved the following interview stages:
    - Technical phone screen
    - Two culture interviews
    - Technical panel interview (~2hr)
    - Final interview with the executive director

    I found the technical interview questions to be on par with the questions that most companies ask and the interview was done in an online pair programming style.

    Interview Questions


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    Devops Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The process took a full two months and in the end I received a generic rejection email.

    1) Coding challenge
    2) Self-evaluation survey (rank your familiarity with certain technologies)
    3) Non-tech interview ("crying" and "triggers" - yes, seriously)
    4) Tech interview (break/fix test - login to an EC2 instance and fix nginx/apache/php/iptables)
    5) Tech interview (question & answer - ipsec, elasticache, nosql, etc)
    6) Non-tech interview
    7) Tech interview

    Throughout the process there were multiple miscommunications on their end. There were also technical difficulties where interviewers were not prepared (permissions issues on google docs, had to reschedule).

    Twice I was told I was interviewing with Person A and ended up interviewing with Person B. Once I was told it would be a non-tech interview with Person A and it was a tech interview with Person B+C. Very disorganized and poor response times to boot. Never again.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if someone was crying? (the context being we are sitting in a circle telling personal stories at an employee meet up)   Answer Question

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    Senior Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Applied online, was contacted shortly saying that they were interested and would like to move forward by sending me a design task. I sent it back after a couple of days and never heard back – even after following up. Actually I did, many moths after saying that they had paused this position or something on those lines.

    Total lack of respect with my time, my work and my interest in joining their awesome mission.

    Interview Questions

    • Redesign or optimize the petition page and design a compelling campaign image.   Answer Question

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