Corporate to Nonprofit: The Executive Director Interview

Executive Director InterviewNote: Most of my readers already work in nonprofit. But the sector needs a serious influx of new talent with leadership skills. If you know somebody you think might consider making the leap, please share this important post.


Do you ever feel like a fraud?

I sure did when I interviewed to become the Executive Director of GLAAD. I had never worked at a nonprofit. Never spoken at a gala for thousands. Never even asked somebody for a donation. Not even my mom!

The interview. I was so nervous!

What would they ask me? How would I answer the inevitable questions about my lack of nonprofit experience? What if they ask me how much money I’ve raised? Am I cut out for this?

There was nobody around to give me advice on how to prepare for an Executive Director interview. Nobody, really, to even assure me I wasn’t in over my head. Or that I was even doing the right thing.

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