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Non-Profit

ABOUT THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR

A non-profit organization (NPO) is a dedicated group that collectively advocates for their mission without generating revenues for their organization and its members. NPOs operate to address “social welfare”, “civic improvement”, “pleasure or recreation”, and “any other purpose except profit”.

QUESTION INTENT

Employers will be looking for employees whose goals (personal and professional) align with the organization's mission. Unlike for-profit organizations, employers will be looking for hires who understand that in the absence of creating a profitable product or service, you will be working to create positive change and a difference.

The following questions will determine whether you are passion-driven and are willing to participate in socially beneficial work. Because NPOs function on tight budgets, they will be hiring candidates who have a wide-range of skills. Emphasize your ability to be a flexible worker with a multitude of talents and skills across professions.

What causes are you passionate about?

Many people drawn to non-profit are passion-driven. An interviewer may be curious to learn more about what drives and motivates you.

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How do your values and interests align with our organization?


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How can you assist our organization in achieving our goals?


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Why do you want to work for a non-profit organization?


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What do you think are the greatest challenges facing a non-profit organization?


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Why did you apply to this position? What interests you about working with us?

For the interviewer to see if you have done your research on what they do and for them to learn more about you and see where your interests lie and if they line up with what you would be doing in their position.

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What do you think you can learn from this job, and how does that fit your future goals?

For them to learn more about you and see where your interests lie and if they line up with what you would be doing in their position.

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