Career Advice

Interview Question: How Would You Explain Our Organization’s Mission?

Question: How Would You Explain Our Organization’s Mission?     

Translation: Can You Be an Ambassador for Our Organization?

Answer: Any candidate can read and splash the About the Company page. Therefore, when an interviewer asks you about this, she does not necessarily try to determine if you understand the mission, she wants to know if you care about it, and looks for the candidates who can most effectively discuss the organization’s performance and impact. So, in addition to learning about the company’s work, think about how it relates to your passions and experiences, and weave them into your answer. Start with one line that shows that you understand the mission using a couple of key words and phrases from the website, but then move on to personal. Say: “I am personally attracted to this mission because…” or “I really believe in this approach because…” and give one or two examples. For example, if you are conducting an interview at a school that emphasizes character, share some of the specific character-building educational activities you have conducted for students in your last job. If you are interviewing for a position in a hospital, talk about the 5Ks you recently chose to raise money for leukemia treatment, or about your passion for volunteering to help children with cancer.