Job Interviewing Failures

I’ve been doing some interviewing for full-time jobs in fundraising. I want to be a part of a team again. I want to give my whole effort in affecting change in society.

I want to be an even bigger philanthropist.

I’ve done many interviews, which says to me I’ve developed a great resume.

Even so, I hired a coach to help me in the interview process. I get nervous; too informal and don’t sell myself well.

I’m down-to-earth and genuine. That’s what people enjoy about working with me.

Yet, in an interview there’s a formality that doesn’t allow for errors or vulnerability.

I’m not very good at being formal. I enjoy mutual respect and partnership.

The interview process has its limitations. I’m convinced doesn’t really translate into how well someone could do the job.

Since I’ve failed many times at interviewing, I’ve developed a growth-mindset and enduring confidence in myself. I figure if someone hires me they must be pretty intelligent.

They must be able to recognize that what they have before them is exceptional talent whose just bad at interviewing. The interviewer must be insightful and willing to think outside-the-box.

I have impeccable references, career highlights, and advanced technical skills. Yet, I’ve found that hasn’t been enough.

Most importantly, I have a can-do attitude, passion, resilience, and determination.

If you hire me, you’ll have disappointments because I make mistakes. I will be honest with you. If you hire me, believe in me, champion me, you will get the best out of me and deserve my loyalty.

We’ll be a great team. Unstoppable.

Some interviews, do I not only fall short, but even the interviewer falls short. There’s the discriminatory questions. There’s the air of prestige and condescending tone-of-voice.

Oh yes, there’s a lot of that.

So, when you have breath of fresh-air, where the interviewer is kind, praises you, is excited about you, how do you react?

OH! I want that job! Yes! I’ll take a lower pay. You mean you’re going to be nice to me? You’re going to be nice to me even before I start working for you and you starting paying me a nickle?


Thank you, to those interviewers who treated me with respect. You have my loyalty.

Have you had a poor experience with interviewers? Did you take the job? Did you regret taking the job?

In order for a nonprofit to fulfill the mission, they must live the mission.

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