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Pew Charitable Trusts Interview Questions

Updated Nov 16, 2016
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  1.  

    Pew Employee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    I had three interviews total for the same position; they hired me ---- and THEN I had to wait another 45 days for a background check and THEN they "officially hired me" - meaning I received a FEDEX package stating I was hired. By that time, I almost forgot I applied.

    Interview Questions

    • "Why do you want to work at Pew?"   1 Answer
  2.  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    The interview process with Pew is very thorough. First, I was contacted for a phone interview and then I had an in person interview. After being scheduled for an in person interview, I had to complete a lengthy full application. The in person interview was conducted by two people in the department. I thought the interview went well but I did not receive a call back. I thought it was quite rude that I did not receive a call back after completing a long application ( similar to a government background check) and a one hour interview with multiple people. They could have at least politely declined me. Listen to the other Glassdoor reviewers when they tell you that this company does not appreciate people. The interviewers hinted to a very challenging environment throughout the interview.

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Interviewed with multiple teams about multiple fellowship positions. Everyone was cordial but no one went out of their way to make the interviewees feel welcome. There wasn't really a structured set of questions or discussion points for any of the interviewers. I was quickly invited into a conference room for the interview and didn't wait too long for interviewers to come in. The office space is beautiful but a little cold.

    Interview Questions

    • The lack of questions was the most off putting thing about the interview.   Answer Question
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    Hiring process was very straightforward. I received a call from the recruiter and was given an overview of the job and we discussed briefly how my background and qualifications aligned with the position. I was then invited for an in-person interview at headquarters where I met with the team leads. They were very nice and polite and answered all my questions. It became clear that my long term goals did not necessarily align with the duties of the position and we discussed that openly. They were candid with me and, though I did not receive an offer, I did not expect to after our conversation.

    Interview Questions

    • A few behavioral interview questions, but mostly questions related to the ability and willingness to perform the day-to-day tasks of the job.   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Phase 1, HR phone interview. I asked a lot of detailed questions about the organization and the position, and the recruiter was unable to answer most of them. She replied with answers piecemeal over the next few days.
    Phase 2, 1:1 interview with my to-be supervisor. Standard interview fare. Unremarkable in every way
    Phase 3, I returned for THREE more 1:1 interviews, each an hour in length. It was exhausting and repetitive.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions were particularly difficult, but interviewing with 5 different people was unexpected and tedious   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They claim that all offers are based on "internal equity" and are non-negotiable. The offer I received seemed fair, so I didn't push it

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    You need lots of patience. Phone interview with HR staff --> phone interview with program directors--> "assignment"-->on-site interviews with several staff members -->phone interviews with high-ups.

    Negotiation

    little room for negotiation

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through the Pew website and was contacted within a few days. I did an HR phone screening, panel interview (surprised me as I was told it would be 1-on-1), phone interview, then about two months of waiting for a decision, with intermittent email exchanges with the hiring manager. I got the impression that employees operate under a lot of red tape and answer to a long chain of command. The most enjoyable part of the process was the panel interview; all the people I interviewed with seemed to be genuinely nice and helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions caught me off guard. It was mostly a casual conversation about my experience and resume.   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (2)  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    My own experience was lengthy, over several rounds of interviews and weeks. There's clearly very big internal roadblocks to clear in the interview process, and you get a sense that a number of people you never meet have to vet you before you get an offer. Which, if you get to that point, isn't negotiable even by a dollar. Welcome to the rarified world of "paying for the recognition." the offer I received was quite competitive (full disclosure) but they tell you up front that there's no counter-offer or negotiation. A bit unsettling when you hear that, and really, a hint of what the workplace will become.

    Interview Questions

    • Defending your years of experience. Someone you never meet calculates your experience based on your resume/cv. Then they tell you, though it may have taken, say 9 years of grad school and work to now be a PhD, they believe you really only have 5.5 years.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiations were rejected outright.

  10.  

    Communications Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Process took several months (longer than most nonprofits); started with HR screening, continued to several interviews with the hiring manager and surrounding staff; required an in-person writing test; and was official following a successful background check that took several weeks

    Interview Questions

    • Standard: How do you pitch?; Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Interview

    Great HR staff, very easy to work with informative, and will talk to you!

    Negotiation

    No negotiation - it was low, even for a non-profit in DC as well funded as they are

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Star Star Star Star Star   Current Officer in Washington, DC

Pros: “Still somewhat good benefits (but being cut year by year). Smart colleagues. Good core of staff who have been undermined and devalued who help put things in perspective for the many who...”“Still somewhat good benefits (but being cut year by year). Smart colleagues. Good core of staff who have been undermined and devalued who help put things in perspective for the many who are new to Pew.” – Full Review

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