If you’ve gotten an interview, an organization has identified you as someone they are impressed with and want to get to know better. Accordingly, use the interview as a chance to show them why you are such a strong candidate. Preparation is the key! Being a “good person” is not enough. Consider likely questions and make yourself practice answers out loud before you go in – the more you force yourself to pick the words you want to use, the less likely it is that you will get stumped and/or give an answer you don’t feel is strong.

  • Know your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Practice bridging these strengths with the mission and projects of the organization. Be able to state very clearly why you are the one for the job.
  • Practice, practice, practice! Anticipate questions, brainstorm answers, practice in mock interviews. Contact CPD to schedule an appointment for a mock interview. Provide us with your targeted organization ahead of time and we can conduct the interview as if we represent that specific organization.
  • Prepare for different kinds of interviewing (aggressive, overly friendly, vague questions).
  • Prepare for anticipated hypothetical questions.
  • Ask good questions of the organization—prepare at least 5. You won’t necessarily use all of them, but better safe than sorry.

For a more detailed discussion of interviewing, see CPD’s Interviewing page, and attend our Interviewing and Finding a Job in Public Interest Seminars.

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