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Working in a charity organisation

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by nekky, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. nekky

    nekky Bit Poster

    hi everyone,

    I had an interview today, which went realy well. Even with alot of preparation, Im usually extremly nervous at interviews(voice breaking, continuous talking... etc) and was very suprised at my ability to remain calm and not let it show through out the 1.30h interview.

    The interview was for an IT Analyst role. It started off with a computer test (I could not believe I was answering questions on which keyboard keys you would use to convert a MS Word text to bold. I assumed the test style would be hands-on). It then continued with a panel interview of 3 interviewers.

    I did alot of research about what the company does, when they started operating, their press releases, sub companies that make up the organization, offices across the the uk...etc and guess how much of it i was asked about?

    None. The IT director proceeded to tell me about the company and everything I already knew from research. It then continued with finding out about my previous experiences, career goals(they have 'investors in people' status) and need to progress, My interest in the company and IT, personality, scenarios and of course the dreaded 'how much are you looking to get paid for this role' , my questions and my final speech.
    Being overprepared really does help the situation... alot. It also helps to calm the nerves (and to think I was going to speak to the doctor about something to calm my nerves).

    It seems like quite a good job and and i certainly hope i get it because the director and manager seemed to understand my need to grow and develop within the organization(which is why I chose not to renew my current contract).

    I do have one question though. Have any of you worked in a charity organization or somewhere with 'investors in people' status ? If so, was there any structured development programmes available to employees. They did tell me that they work at getting the best out of their employees. I wanted them to expand on that but did not want to ask more questions as I already asked quite a few and did not want to come across as badgering them.

    ... regards
    Certifications: BSc Computer Science
    WIP: 70-270, 70-290 ...for now
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Yep... your research probably helped you to not have to focus so heavily on what he was saying... enabling you to relax and concentrate on other things. :)

    Best of luck!
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    My last employer (and previous one to that) had IIP status, while the pay wasn't that good, their training program was excellent with alot career development (not so much promotion, but you can't have everything). There was a structured training program, as well as annual appraisal's.

    Training consisted of in-house, NVQ's as well as professional certs/quals.

    I can't say that every company that has IIP status is the same, but I can say that they should be better at staff development than those that don't.

    I hope that you get the post, good luck :)

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  4. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Best wishes on the job interview and fingers crossed for you:biggrin
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  5. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

    Good luck, nekky! You seem well prepared for this, and well spoken too. I'm not conversant on IIP, but it definitely seems to be nice for increasing your skillset and experience. Good luck!
    Certifications: A+,Net+,Sec+,MCSA:Sec,MCSE:Sec,mASE
  6. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Good on you for keeping your cool in the interview. Sounds like you were well prepared. Good luck on getting the job. :)

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  7. nekky

    nekky Bit Poster

    Thanks alot guys for the replies and reassurances.

    Certifications: BSc Computer Science
    WIP: 70-270, 70-290 ...for now

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