When applying for a job at a non-profit organization (NGO), you may encounter the following interview question: “Why do you want to work for this non-profit organization?” Check out my example answer and tips for answering this interview question!
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The reason why interviewers ask this question is to find out if you are genuinely passionate about the job role, mission and organization. It’s a great question to gauge the baseline working mode you will settle into after the first weeks when your passion isn’t as blazing as brightly.
For job seekers WITH NO EXPERIENCE
“Well, this organization has been very successful in the past, and I want to contribute to [Mission], spread awareness and perform [Task 1] and [Task 2] as efficiently as possible. In addition, the prospect of meeting diverse people from various backgrounds and experiencing different situations makes me feel excited. I do understand the day-in and day-out encounters that I’ll be facing in this job role but I am convinced that, with my hands-on mentality and emotionally stable personality, I’m able to handle these challenges.”
For job seekers WITH EXPERIENCE
“As a [Job title] at [Company XYZ], I’ve worked alongside many nonprofits, foundations and educational institutions. What I’ve noticed, and what really appeals to me, is the mission-driven attitude and do-good feeling. The whole concept of making an impact with tangible results must be very rewarding. That’s why I’m interested in transitioning to your organization.
I do know the day-in and day-out encounters that I’ll be facing in this job role, but after speaking to [Name] on LinkedIn, who is working in your department, I’m convinced that my hands-on mentality and down-to-earth work approach are suitable to perform [Task 1] and [Task 2] listed in the job description. The idea of contributing to [Mission] makes me feel excited.”
√ Do share your fundamental reason for applying to this job role and NPO. Show that you have a clear understanding of the day-to-day tasks, challenges, mission and vision. Show that you are following your passion and that you want to profoundly impact society.
X Don’t show signs of opportunistic behavior. For example, working for a non-profit organization is a great way to build your CV or network with higher managers and influential people. However, don’t overemphasize the benefits that come along with the job opportunity.