Preparing for a High Profile Major Gifts Job Interview

— And Getting Hired!

Since becoming a part of the working world, you’ve probably been on several job interviews. In most cases, interviews take on a generic pattern that you’re quite likely accustomed to by now. However, with a high profile job interview coming up, it’s important to practice some effective, job-winning strategies that can help you outshine your competition.

Getting a high profile job could mean any or all of the following:

  • A job that puts you in a position more senior to any position you’ve filled to date.
  • A job that pays a high salary.
  • A job with an organization that’s established, esteemed, and highly sought after by potential fundraising executives.

Try these essential strategies to leave a positive impression on your potential employer and make you a contender in the employment race:

1. Study the nonprofit.

Usually, people preparing for a job interview do a little research on the basic history and operations of the company so they can show they’re interested. However, when it comes to a high profile job and interview, your research should go much further:

  • Researching the organizations figures (how much they raise; fiscal responsibility; form 990) will be crucial if you want to show that you’re truly interested in giving back to the organization.
  • Finding out about the specific responsibilities that are required is also an important selling point for proving that you’re the ideal candidate for the job.
  • Taking note of the organizational structure is recommended so you can point out how you propose to offer support to other departments.

2. Rehearse your presentation.

Interviewers usually request that candidates for employment say a little about themselves during the interview. This could be your ticket to getting hired.
Prepare a brief pitch that effectively sells your abilities and strengths. However, try not to overdo it. Employers can pick up on “fluff” very easily!

3. Fine tune your resume.

A common mistake employment candidates make is filling their resumes with irrelevant information. Remember that the potential employer wants to see if you possess relevant
experience and education that can contribute positively to their organization. Fine tune your resume and sell just your suitability for the job.

4. Adjust your focus.

If the job you’re applying for is your dream job, you may need to adjust your focus.

Making it big means being and thinking big. No longer can your mindset be what it was when you worked odd jobs. In order to show that you’re the best, you need to claim that status by focusing on it.

5. Dress for the occasion.

Remember that this high profile job interview requires much more from you than any other interview you’ve done. Not only do you have to act the part, but you also have to look the part. Invest in an appropriate interview suit that makes the statement, “I’m the one your company needs!”

These simple yet effective tips will surely guarantee that you paint an impressive picture on your high profile job interview. Your goal is to ensure you get hired and the smoothness with which you pull these tips off will determine the outcome of the interview.

Above all, it’s essential that you’re truthful about what you’re selling and believe in it.

It’s very easy for people to paint “the perfect picture.” However, what’s important is that you present the true picture and paint it well!

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