According to Bruce A. Hurwitz, vice president of New York City-based Joel H. Paul & Associates, Inc., an interview will get you in the door but your behavior and appearance can get you quickly kicked out again.
Hurwitz explained how to prepare for the big interview at a recent Fundraising Day in New York held by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New York Chapter. He mentioned that candidates should not do any of the following things:
- Be late.
- Bring coffee. Take care of your java fix before the interview.
- Speak ill of your previous or current employers.
- Bring up salary or benefits. If the employer does, be honest about what you’ve made and what you need to make.
- Be modest. This is your time to shine. Emphasize what you personally have done and what you’ve done in a team setting. Tell them how you would fix their problems.
- Bring notes. Prepare beforehand for questions but try not to sound rehearsed.