Interview Questions

When you're prospecting a nonprofit or a host company, there are smart questions you can ask each other to make sure you're the right fit. Here's what we recommend:

For the Nonprofit to Ask the Host

Values & Needs:

  • What social issues are important to you and your employees?
  • What is your office culture like? Is it quiet or social? 
  • What kind of people do you need to reach with your business? Are there ways that we can bring that audience to you?
  • What success metrics are important to you in this partnership?
  • Who ultimately needs to sign off on this partnership to make it happen?

 

Logistics:

  • What is security like? During what hours can our team access your building?
  • Is it OK for us to have visitors at the office? How about volunteer meetings in the evenings?
  • Are there enough desks to accommodate our interns?
  • Can we store our supply bins in the office? 
  • Do you have computers, phones, or printers our staff can use, or should we bring our own? 

For the Host to Ask the Nonprofit:

Values & Needs:

  • What are the ways in which our company can get involved with your nonprofit’s work? Can you provide volunteer opportunities for our employees?
  • What areas of business expertise could our employees help your team further develop?
  • What special skills, talents or perspectives could you offer to our company and employee base?
  • What kind of work environment and culture would bring out the best in your nonprofits’ employees and are we a fit for these needs?
  • What success metrics are important to you?

Logistics:

  • Beyond desk space, what other office amenities would be valuable to you, e.g., landline telephones, access to a storage closet, basic office supplies
  • What are your conference room and communal meeting space needs?
  • Do you have meetings or visitors after normal business hours?
  • Do you plan to grow (seasonally or permanently) in headcount over the year or two of this relationship? 
  • Is there anything about the way your nonprofit operates that may not work well with a typical office environment?