The interview went really well. I had done a ton of research on the Major Gifts Officer, had about 5 or 6 questions ready, and I knew the School really well.
I was about 10 minutes early for it, and the interview went about 35 minutes late. What was a nice surprise was that one of two people interviewing me was my former adviser (although I usually went to a different professor for advise). He remembered me, and had a good impression, including the fact that I married another of his students and had kids.
Anyway, it wasn’t so much an interview, instead it was a conversation about how the campus was going data driven, since he had moved from teaching into the provost office. I’m not sure what influence he will have on the process, since I don’t believe he’ll be directly responsible for the hiring, but I’m sure it can’t hurt.
In addition, the first and last part of my interview was the senior major gifts officer (there are three people at the office, I guess I should be lucky the title isn’t junior major gifts officer) who would have a supervisor role and function. I tried to hammer home how my working independently with clients would be a boon to the position and towards the end, he came out and said that they liked my skill set.
One of the questions that I was asked was about the shift in careers. I think my response was pretty good. I wanted more interaction with clients directly, and I realized the most fulfilling part of previous position was working with participants, and helping them with retirement, and that I needed a job that gave back more to the community as a whole.
Now, I still have one more set of interviews on Wednesday (which will include the VP of the Major Gifts Office), and I’m under the impression that I am the least experience in the field of the 4 candidates. I’m also not the only alumni going for the position.
In addition, there is a second round of interviews after Wednesday with just the top two candidates.
Anyway, I’m off to write out my rough drafts for my thank you email that I plan to send out tomorrow. Wish me luck.