Doing Interviews for International NGOs: What to expect, what not to expect, the do’s and do nots.

Isaac Agumba | 1st April 2021

Interviews
Doing Interviews for International NGOs: What to expect, what not to expect, the do’s and do nots.

Doing Interviews for International NGOs: What to expect, what not to expect, the do’s and do nots.

Isaac Agumba | 1st April 2021

Interviews

Doing Interviews for International NGOs. What to expect, what not to expect, the do’s and do nots.

Many Kenyans envision working at big private corporates, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Unlike working in the private and public sectors, looking for NGO jobs, being interviewed and working at NGOs can be a challenge to many jobseekers and interviewees.

Before any interview, many people get anxious, but being interviewed for an NGO job is a completely different thing: you can easily freak out or bail out at worst!

From our years’ worth of experience in job placement and HR consultancy both for local and international NGOs, we have come up with the following tips and insights to give you a heads up on what to expect and what not to, what you need and needn’t do when interviewing for an NGO job!

  1. NGOs operate just like any other business with equipped departments and human resources: probably the only difference is their values are strongly entrenched in their organizational culture..
  2. Before you waste a lot of time in their mostly multi-stepped Interview journey, have a meeting with self. Find out if that is exactly what you want to do.  What do you want to achieve? What drives you? What change do you want to see in the world? Take time to understand what motivates you and what will give you job satisfaction should you get the job. Because hey, they will not change their values for you.
  3. NGO job interviews are as competitive as any other. One’s personal qualities, skills, knowledge and experience will give you an advantage over others. Invest in yourself and develop skills that are valuable to the role you want to interview for & do, and the organization you want to work for.
  4. Professional Development: Develop relevant professional skills for the role and organization you want to work for, e.g learning and speaking another language especially for International NGOs.

 

In most instances, expect a multi-stepped interview:

Written Assessment Interview

In most instances, once you have submitted your CV and they shortlist you, they will invite you for a written assessment Interview.

This is mostly to test your skill-set and suitability for the specific role. If it’s a Personal Assistant Position, expect an assessment that will test on your typing speed, liason and coordination activities, communication skills amongst others.

Self-Assessment Tests

Self -assessments are currently a buzz. If you are planning to go for an interview in an NGO, start practising https://bit.ly/3dlNxm8. More than skills, NGOs care about personalities, attitudes, IQ so ask yourself before you go for the actual interview, how do you rank?

One on One Interview

Before you step into that room or log into that zoom meeting, Please make sure that you know the answers to the following:

  1. Tell us about yourself?
  2. What do you know about our Organization?
  3. What is your stand on our value on…. For instance Gender Inequality?
  4. How has your previous experience prepared for this role?
  5. Why should we hire you?
  6. What are your future goals?

For NGOs, your ability to demonstrate that your values or interests fit in theirs will give you an upper hand always.

Are you attending an interview at an NGO soon? Contact us at https://bit.ly/2LUJzGQ or call 0702068282 for Interview Coaching.

Also explore our numerous NGO job vacancies.

Best Wishes.


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