If you're a graduate looking to get into charity and need to get a feel for the kind of questions employers might ask at interview, then make sure you research these graduate charity interview questions below. These questions and answers are taken from real graduate interviews, and compiled to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare your answers.
Example Charity Interview Questions:
Why do you want to pursue a career in the voluntary sector?
Your answer to this question will be key to your interview success. Try and avoid the clichés about wanting to help people. A good response would be to describe an experience or a person that has affected you and therefore encouraged you to work in the voluntary sector. This is an open question and may be one of few opportunities in an interview where you get to sell yourself and any previous experience in this sector. It would be a good idea to extend your answer and talk about what you would get out of a career in the voluntary sector in the long term.
How will you fund your life style?
Some work for a charity will be paid, on most circumstances your expenses will be covered but on some occasions you will not be supported. Your answer should incorporate the period of time you will be working for, your likely expenditure (if you don't know ask) and then the amount of funding that you have available. It will be important that you are realistic at this stage for the benefit of the employer as well as yourself.
Give an informal example of when you have been charitable.
This is an open question that will allow you to give an extended answer. It will be a good idea to think of a good example and how you will articulate that example before you go in to the interview. If you do not have any experience in the charitable sector, there should be lots of examples in everyday life that you could use in this situation, but try to be original and expand your answer.