Boards needs to know what to ask candidates. Prospective Executive Directors need to know how to prepare for their interviews. Here’s some advice for both.
In 1997, I became the Executive Director of GLAAD. When I think back to my job interview, I kind of have to laugh.
Some EDs get the job after years working as a senior fundraiser or in some other nonprofit leadership position. Not me.
I came to it from corporate America. While I was strong on strategy, communications, and dealing with people, I had no fundraising experience whatsoever. Somehow the board overlooked that. The staff wasn’t so thrilled, but that’s a different story.
First, the board asked a bunch of good questions, which I answered as best I could. Then, I had an opportunity to ask them questions. I like to think I also asked some good ones.
It was a strong interview. Executive Director interviews better be. After all, you are hiring for the most important position at your nonprofit! You have to get this right.
To be clear, when I say Executive Director, I mean the staff leader. You might call that person the CEO or President or Head of Schools or whatever.
Over the past year, I’ve coached several gifted individuals who interviewed for ED positions and I can tell you that many nonprofits handle these interviews poorly. They don’t ask the right questions or they don’t really know what they’re looking for.
Frankly, it’s not surprising. Usually board members conduct ED interviews but most of them aren’t professional HR people and have never gotten training. How should they know what to ask?
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Top 10 charity ceo interview questions and answers
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3. 1. Why do you want this charity ceo job? Again, companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position. (And if you dont? You probably should apply elsewhere.) First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you (e.g., “I love customer support because I love the constant human interaction and the satisfaction that comes from helping someone solve a problem”), then share why you love the company (e.g., “I’ve always been passionate about education, and I think you guys are doing great things, so I want to be a part of it”). Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
4. 2. What have you learned from mistakes on the charity ceo job? Candidates without specific examples often do not seem credible. However, the example shared should be fairly inconsequential, unintentional, and a learned lesson should be gleaned from it. Moving ahead without group assistance while assigned to a group project meant to be collaborative is a good example. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
5. 3. What challenges are you looking for in this charity ceo position? A typical interview question to determine what you are looking for your in next job, and whether you would be a good fit for the position being hired for, is “What challenges are you looking for in a position?” The best way to answer questions about the challenges you are seeking is to discuss how you would like to be able to effectively utilize your skills and experience if you were hired for the job. You can also mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to effectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging job. You can continue by describing specific examples of challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in the past. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
6. 4. Describe a typical work week for charity ceo position? Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions. It should be obvious that its not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, Ive had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym. Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that youre organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
7. 5. What is your biggest weakness? No one likes to answer this question because it requires a very delicate balance. You simply can’t lie and say you don’t have one; you can’t trick the interviewer by offering up a personal weakness that is really a strength (“Sometimes, I work too much and don’t maintain a work-life balance.”); and you shouldn’t be so honest that you throw yourself under the bus (“I’m not a morning person so I’m working on getting to the office on time.”) Think of a small flaw like “I sometimes get sidetracked by small details”, “I am occasionally not as patient as I should be with subordinates or co-workers who do not understand my ideas”, or “I am still somewhat nervous and uncomfortable with my public-speaking skills and would like to give more presentations and talk in front of others or in meetings.” Add that you are aware of the problem and you are doing your best to correct it by taking a course of action. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
8. 6. Why should the we hire you as charity ceo position? This is the part where you link your skills, experience, education and your personality to the job itself. This is why you need to be utterly familiar with the job description as well as the company culture. Remember though, it’s best to back them up with actual examples of say, how you are a good team player. It is possible that you may not have as much skills, experience or qualifications as the other candidates. What then, will set you apart from the rest? Energy and passion might. People are attracted to someone who is charismatic, who show immense amount of energy when they talk, and who love what it is that they do. As you explain your compatibility with the job and company, be sure to portray yourself as that motivated, confident and energetic person, ever- ready to commit to the cause of the company. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
9. 7. What do you know about our company? Follow these three easy research tips before your next job interview: 1) Visit the company website; look in the “about us” section and “careers” sections 2) Visit the company’s LinkedIn page (note, you must have a LinkedIn account — its free to sign up) to view information about the company 3) Google a keyword search phrase like “press releases” followed by the company name; you’ll find the most recent news stories shared by the company Remember, just because you have done your “homework”, it does not mean you need to share ALL of it during the interview! Reciting every fact you’ve learned is almost as much of a turn off as not knowing anything at all! At a minimum, you should include the following in your answer: 1. What type of product or service the company sells 2. How long the company has been in business 3. What the company culture is like OR what the company mission statement is, and how the culture and/or mission relate to your values or personality Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
10. 8. Why do you want to work with us? More likely than not, the interviewer wishes to see how much you know about the company culture, and whether you can identify with the organization’s values and vision. Every organization has its strong points, and these are the ones that you should highlight in your answer. For example, if the company emphasizes on integrity with customers, then you mention that you would like to be in such a team because you yourself believe in integrity. It doesn’t have to be a lie. In the case that your values are not in line with the ones by the company, ask yourself if you would be happy working there. If you have no issue with that, go ahead. But if you are aware of the company culture and realize that there is some dilemma you might be facing, you ought to think twice. The best policy is to be honest with yourself, and be honest with the interviewer with what is it in the company culture that motivates you. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
11. 9. Did the salary we offer attract you to this charity ceo job? The interviewer could be asking you this question for a number of reasons. Obviously, the salary is an important factor to your interest in this job, but it should not be the overriding reason for your interest. A good answer to this question is, “The salary was very attractive, but the job itself is what was most attractive to me.” Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
12. 10. Do you have any questions to ask us? Never ask Salary, perks, leave, place of posting, etc. regarded questions. Try to ask more about the company to show how early you can make a contribution to your organization like “Sir, with your kind permission I would like to know more about induction and developmental programs?” OR Sir, I would like to have my feedback, so that I can analyze and improve my strengths and rectify my shortcomings. Useful materials: • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-145-interview-questions-and-answers • interviewquestions360.com/free-ebook-top-18-secrets-to-win-every-job-interviews
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A CEO is the highest-ranking executive in an organization. Recruiting CEOs can be challenging as they play a huge role in the company’s success. They make important company decisions, build business strategies, and shape the organizational culture. The ideal candidate for this position usually has many years of experience as a CEO or in another C-suite level role. It’s best to look for candidates who are familiar with your industry, as they’ll better understand your company’s challenges and objectives.
These CEO interview questions will help you identify candidates with top executive skills and find the best leader for your company.
When you identify your top candidates for the CEO position, schedule an onsite introductory interview to talk about their skills and your business needs. Prepare CEO interview questions that assess candidates’ management and problem-solving skills. Use tangible criteria to understand if they’re a good fit for your company, for example, find out how well they know your company and your competitors and ask what changes they plan to implement if hired. Consider including board members and other executives in the hiring process to select candidates who are a good fit for your executive team.
Interview questions for CEOs can also reveal which candidates have the characteristics that make a good leader, such as resilience, patience, and an influential flair. A CEO makes important financial decisions and regularly communicates with shareholders and potential investors. So, look for candidates with a data-driven approach, attention to detail, and sharp negotiation skills.
Nonprofit Hiring Interview Questions For CEO Position
Question #4: What is the first thing you would do if we hired you tomorrow?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s thought process when making decisions for an organization. What to look for in a successful answer:
Knowledge of your organization
Good ideas for improving your organization
Strong decision-making skills and well-thought-out strategies
“If you hired me tomorrow, the first thing I would do is meet with the management team. In this meeting, I would discuss any questions or concerns they have and come up with solutions to solve them. I would then try to meet as many members of my team as possible. Both of these tasks will help me build a strong working relationship with my team, which is necessary for a CEO’s success.”
Question #5: How can you improve our organization over other candidates?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s skills to see if they meet your needs. What to look for in a successful answer:
Experience in a similar role
Understanding of the position
Skills or ideas that match your needs
“As I have five years of experience as a CEO for a smaller organization, I believe I would be a great fit here. I have looked at your organization’s public records and believe I could bring in at least $1,000,000 more a year through fundraisers and marketing. This would give you more disposable income to put towards helping the homeless community.”
Question #6: What is the biggest challenge you faced in your previous role, and how did you overcome it?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s problem-solving skills and ability to learn from past challenges. What to look for in a successful answer:
Experience resolving common challenges in a similar role
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
Able to learn from challenges of the position and adapt
“The nonprofit organization I worked at for the last three years was almost bankrupt when I first joined them. I was hesitant to become the Executive Director of an organization that was having financial trouble, but I saw their potential. I took the role and put all my energy towards marketing the organization through social media campaigns and fundraisers. Within a few months, we made enough to pay off our debts and start offering our services again.”
Question #7: How would you describe your leadership style?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s leadership style to see if it fits your needs. What to look for in a successful answer:
Understanding of different leadership styles
Experience in a leadership role
Ability to adapt to different environments and leadership styles
“I have worked in a number of leadership positions and always adapt my management style to suit the company’s culture and employees. Typically, I like to adopt a transformational leadership style as I enjoy encouraging and motivating my team members to help the organization grow. I don’t like to micromanage anyone, so I give my team the space they need to be creative and offer help whenever they ask for it.”
Question #8: What is the most successful project you’ve worked on and what did you contribute?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s experience. What to look for in a successful answer:
Experience in a similar role
Ability to be humble and acknowledge their team’s contribution
Experience working on successful projects
“When I was the Executive Director for my previous company, my team and I ran a yearly fundraising event. Each year, the event got bigger and bigger. In my final year with the organization, we earned more than triple the amount we earned in my first year. I contributed to the fundraiser by organizing it and inviting a handful of big investors.”
Question #9: What is the most unsuccessful project you’ve worked on? What happened?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s experience and ability to admit their mistakes. What to look for in a successful answer:
Ability to admit mistakes and learn from them
Experience in a similar role
Good decision-making and problem-solving skills
“In my first year as CEO for my previous company, I organized a fundraiser that earned next to nothing. We only made enough money to pay for the costs of the fundraiser. I take responsibility for the fundraiser’s failure, as I organized it in a rush instead of pushing it to a later date. I didn’t take the time to ensure everything would run smoothly and didn’t give people enough notice to attend. Going forward, I always planned fundraisers months in advance.”
Question #10: If someone on your team wasn’t performing the way you want, what would you do?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s communication skills and ability to handle tough situations. What to look for in a successful answer:
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Empathy when discussing sensitive topics
Experience in a leadership role
“I had a new employee that was always finishing her work early. When I checked it, it wasn’t up to our organization’s standards. After a week or so of weak work, I scheduled a one-on-one meeting with the employee. She explained she wanted to finish everything early to show me she could handle all the work I assigned. I explained my issue with her work and told her I prefer quality over quantity and would rather she do less work if what she produces is strong. After the talk, she was producing excellent work. We just had to cut back on some of her assignments.”
Question #11: What makes a successful fundraising campaign?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s understanding of fundraising campaigns and the importance of them. What to look for in a successful answer:
Experience organizing fundraising events
Strong leadership and communication skills to encourage their team
Understanding of the importance of fundraising for nonprofits
“There are a number of ways to measure a fundraiser’s success beyond the amount of money you earn. While fundraisers are important for nonprofits to earn the necessary funds, a successful one should also create and strengthen relationships with investors to have long-term success. So, a successful fundraising event should make attendees comfortable and excited about working with us well into the future.”
Question #12: What experience do you have with planning and executing a budget?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s experience with budget planning and execution. What to look for in a successful answer:
In-depth knowledge of all aspects related to budgeting
Experience with common budgeting software and programs
Ability to identify an organization’s financial priorities
“I was planning and executing the budget for my old company for over ten years. When I first started, the organization was small, so I created all budgets by hand after thoroughly researching and brainstorming our current finances and financial goals. As we grew, I used budgeting software to streamline the process. I used Scoro, Centage, and Prophix, but I am happy to learn how to use any other software.”
Question #13: What do you think of our organization’s current ? How would you change it?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s knowledge of your organization and their public relations skills. What to look for in a successful answer:
Experience with public relations
In-depth knowledge of your organization and how to improve it
Understanding of how to represent an organization and improve its
“I think your organization has a powerful of being a place single moms can find solace. I would change the to be geared towards single dads as well, so everyone feels welcome.”
Question #14: What is your decision-making process?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s ability to make informed decisions to benefit your organization. What to look for in a successful answer:
Strong decision-making skills
Well-thought-out decision-making process
Ability to make informed decisions independently
“Before I make any decision, I thoroughly research the pros and cons of it to weigh the risk. If we have time, I will meet with other managers to discuss the decision and consider different points of view. If I think the decision will ultimately benefit the organization, I will make it.”
Question #15: How do you manage your relationship with a board of directors and shareholders?
A: The aim of this question is to assess the candidate’s interpersonal and communication skills. What to look for in a successful answer:
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Experience working with a board of directors or shareholders
Understanding of the role and importance of shareholders/board of directors
“To build and strengthen relationships with my board of directors and shareholders, I keep an open line of communication. I update them constantly and make myself available for meetings or to answer questions. I also encourage them to provide their own input. Communicating with them shows them I value their contributions and opinions, allowing us to all work well together.”
I used this series of nonprofit hiring interview questions earlier this week. Using these queries allowed me to screen CEO candidates in a way that really worked. Feel free to apply them at your nonprofit.
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