Getting to an interview after submitting a resume is a big step. And, it can feel especially daunting if you are attempting to get your first job on a campaign. This guide will give you helpful prompts to consider as you go through the different interview steps in the hiring process. There is a lot of general information out there to help you prepare for interviews, but this guide is specifically designed for interviewing for campaign positions.
- Includes three on-demand video modules below:
- Process Expectations (16:46)
- Preparing for Your Interview (14:21)
- STAR Method (6:21)
Campaign hiring moves fast. Campaigns often work on abbreviated timelines and hire multiple people for one role. This sometimes leads to hiring managers relying on recommendations or application flags from their networks to help narrow the pool down. Finally, salary structures can often be rigid, with little opportunity to negotiate, especially as more and more campaigns enter into collective bargaining union contracts. Preparation ahead of landing an interview can help you feel more confident in a fast-moving process.
The Interview Lifecycle
Your interview may incorporate one or more of the following steps:
- Phone screen
- First-round interview
- Second-round interview
- Work sample/ skills test/ practice activity
- Reference check and vetting
- Final decision
What Hiring Managers Are Looking For
Think about the qualities you value most in a colleague. Those are likely the qualities that hiring managers are looking for when they approach an interview and are qualities you should work to showcase during your interview.
- Emotional Intelligence (think: empathy, self-awareness, ability to read a room)
- Growth Mindset