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  1.  

    Leadership Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (Minneapolis, MN) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Some of their staff were tabling on my campus and out of curiosity I attended one of their "informational meetings". I wasn't expecting it to be a job interview nor to fill out a job application but I got a job offer anyways.

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (Milwaukee, WI) in July 2012.

    Interview

    There are two rounds one with a current director and then one with a year round national staffer. The first round is 15-30 minutes and the second round is 30-45 minutes.

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and got contacted for a phone interview. Phone interview asks generic questions, such as why do you want to work for us and tell us about your experience, and then the 2nd round interview is on skype. The 2nd round interview pretty much just asks the same questions as the first one.

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest in November 2015.

    Interview

    I was called out of the blue asking if I'd be interested in applying for the Citizen Outreach Director. I never applied to this company but they pushed me to accept an interview later that week. I'd done my research ahead of time so I knew they weren't the best company to work for. Seems weird to me that a company claiming to fight for the public interest won't let it's workers unionize or pay them a living wage. Anyway, they really tried to put a positive spin on the company in the interview. When asked how many hours I'd be working per week, they were somewhat evasive saying 40-80 depending on the time of year. They offered me a second round interview but I didn't take it.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard interview question. Why are you interested, give an example of a time you took a leadership role, etc.   Answer Question

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest in April 2014.

    Interview

    I was referred to the Fund by another organization I interviewed for and they called me out of the blue for an interview for an Assistant Canvass Director. Then they sent me an email setting up a time to talk. Apparently whoever schedules these things does not understand time zones. I missed the first call because they called an hour early while I was in class. We rescheduled and she confirmed in an email a very specific time, and then still called 2 hours early. I managed to take the call and do the interview. The interview itself was not difficult. If you have canvassed before you know what they are looking for.

    They ask about you, why you want the job (which was somewhat difficult to answer since I hadn't actually applied), what you know about the company and job, and then they basically tell you about what you'll be doing. It was more an informational interview in some ways. Mostly they want to know that you care about the causes and are willing to work ridiculous hours.

    They were somewhat evasive about how pay and training works, how many hours you would work, how you are placed (they could send you all over the country), and they don't explain how you are supposed to become an expert canvasser in 2 weeks. (The expectations around fundraising are never explained in the process and I know that canvassing turnover rates are high because people fail to meet fundraising goals. So my questions about job stability were not answered well.) I'm pretty sure they have some kind of script explaining the job since all three of my phone calls with people at the Fund gave me almost verbatim answers to my questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too unexpected. Why you want to work for the Fund? What your qualifications are? If you know about and care about the causes they work on? Where you want to be placed? What considerations would influence your decision to accept the job if you were offered a position?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I was eventually offered a position in the city I wanted and I had two phone conversations about pay and benefits. They were very inflexible about the start date with only 3 weeks notice. The pay for directors is atrocious, coming out to around $4-5 an hour on a $25,000 salary because they expect you to work around 80hrs a week. They never sent me a written copy of the pay, benefits, health plan information, and other information I asked for. Because of the extremely short notice that would have required me to move to a new city and start work within a week of graduation (and this was later than they wanted me to start) I had very little time to secure housing.

    The bad pay and inflexibility made me decide to decline the job. For a progressive company that works of social justice causes you'd think their labor practices would be better.


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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (Minneapolis, MN) in March 2011.

    Interview

    They do a short interview with a low level campaign manager. As long as you are able to communicate effectively and have a college degree, you will get past the gate keeper.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions with the low level person are very general. They are mostly trying to sell you on the position, not the other way around   1 Answer

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest.

    Interview

    I was called for interview said I do qualify to apply for Citizen outreach director position. Apply online you should hear from them. Its been over 14 days haven't heard from them yet

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  8. Helpful (1)  

    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (Chicago, IL) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Applied online, got a call from a recruiter a couple days later. The recruiter and I set up a time to talk later in the week. First round was pretty standard, she asked me about my background and interests. It took about 30min after which she scheduled me in for a second round at thew Chicago office.

    My in person interviewer asked 5-6 questions, one was a hypothetical about how I would get a citizen involved on an environmental campaign. I was honest in telling him I wasn't interested in the environment. He laughed, but I still answered the question as if I was talking face to face with that voter.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you get a person who is already contributing to other causes involved with your cause?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiations. All offers are uniform.


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    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Interviewed in person with Assistant National Canvass Director a couple of weeks after starting as a Field Manager. Interview was very casual in nature and was basically a prolonged conversation. Typical interview questions like "where do you see yourself in 5 years" and "what is your biggest weakness". Lasted about 20 minutes and I received an offer in about a week.

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    Citizen Outreach Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phila, PA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Fund for the Public Interest (Phila, PA).

    Interview

    Where to begin. Their management is a joke. Especially in the Philadelphia office. I remember when I first went for an interview. The first time, it was a FM lieterally reading from a script. From working from another place, the script was almost the same as the previous place. My over 15 years experience left me with " we will let you know " to " sorry, we went with someone more qualified": The next interview was with some kid, and I use that term strongly, he was maybe 21. He didn't even want to interview me - he came out and told his FM that someone was going to be coming in for an interview -- I was already there, early, waiting, I told him, I can hear him. He knew i was there 0 such disrespect already. Then the positions in which were claimed to be open for the Philly office weren't -- I answered all the questions and even told him I would move in the next week to any city in the country he might need me I wanted to see if they were actually hiring people or possibly trying to get their personal information or something. Odd how I get emails from them now asking for money ... This place is a joke - especially the Philly office and whomever oversees that region. Then again, if all the ads are a lie,a d their FMs lie im sure he was lying about his title too.

    Interview Questions

    • None, the guy was reading from a script he memorized and didnt hear a thing I had to say. The second guy literally was just scribbling on a note pad. ALL of them are liars . Its sad realy.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    go ahead and google - The Fund For Public Interest - see what you get


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