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These Questions from the Pros Can Help You Land Your Fundraising Dream Job

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Here’s something to consider:  A job interview goes both ways.

That is, the interview is not just a way for a prospective employer to learn about you …

… it’s also a way for you to learn about your prospective employer.

That’s why you should be ready with questions of your own when you go into the interview. If you find out they don’t like that you’re asking questions, that alone is probably a red flag you should pay a lot of attention to.

In most interviews, asking questions usually helps make you come across as more engaging and engaged. But more importantly, there’s a lot you need to know about an employer before you commit 40+ hours a week – and a lot of heart and energy – to them.

We recently asked members of The Fundraisingology Lab community on Facebook what questions they recommend professional fundraisers should ask when seeking jobs.

They have some great questions that could really help you find the job you want. And maybe avoid a job you’ll be happier not to have.

  • What is the fundraising goal for this position?
  • What is one thing you like about working here and one thing you find challenging? (Ask this of everyone you talk to.)
  • How do you describe the culture of the organization?
  • What are some recent standard operating procedures (SOPs) you’ve implemented that have improved departmental and cross-organizational efforts?
  • How well does your team work independently and proactively?
  • Tell me about your leadership style. (This and follow-up questions will help you determine whether they’re the kind of mentor or teammate you’ll be happy working with.)
  • What goals do you have for me in the first 30 days, 90 days, one year?
  • What professional development plan is in place to grow and develop this role? Is there a budget and time available for conferences, courses, memberships, etc.?
  • Do you intend to stay in your position for the next few years?
  • Who makes the fundraising decisions for the organization? (For example, does the Fundraising Director’s expertise and advice get followed, or are decisions influenced or hindered by others’ opinions?)
  • How engaged is the board in fundraising? (Do they step up and are they committed to also bringing in funding to the organization?)
  • What CRM do you use?

We hope this helps and thanks to all our members who have jumped in with their experience.

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