The project interview is a critical step in the matching process - it's a time for both you and the Organization to ask questions, learn about one another, and decide if you want to work together.  Most Catchafire projects require an interview, so check out this article for more details on how to schedule a time: Scheduling Interviews.

Tip: One-hour phone consultation calls do not require an interview.  This article says more about the difference between calls and projects: Projects vs. Phone Calls 

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Joining the Call

If you're both based in the US:

Our automated system will call you and your contact from the Organization at the agreed upon time. If for some reason you do not receive a call, or you missed the automated call, you can always use your back-up dial in and PIN to join. 

Tip: This information can be found on your Catchafire dashboard, as well as in your interview confirmation email.

If one or both of you are outside the US:

Our automated system currently facilitates calls only within the United States.  If you scheduled an international call, you should have received an email with the other party's contact information so that you can coordinate directly.

Tip: If you’re having trouble connecting with your contact at the Organization, give us a shout!  You can always reach our Customer Success team at help@catchafire.org.

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Introductions

Start your call by introducing yourself, your professional background, and why you're interested in assisting this organization. Be sure to mention:

  • Examples of similar work you've done in the past
  • Any personal connection you have to the organization's mission
  • Information on your current schedule & availability

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Understanding the Organization and their Needs

Take some time to get to know the people you’ll be working with and the type of assistance the Organization is looking for, to ensure you're interested in working with them and are a good fit for their needs.

Tip: If you don't understand something from their project post or profile, just ask! 

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Answering Questions & Discussing Logistics

Make sure you allot plenty of time to answer their questions and ask your own so they can understand your background fully and make an informed decision on whether they'd like to work together.

Tip: You'll also want to make sure that you and your Organization are aligned on logistics and timeline for your project. For example, if they need the project done within a certain timeframe, you should let them know if you have the availability to do so.

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Wrapping Up

Give your Organization a sense of your timeline (and let them know if you're interviewing for other projects, too) to keep them in the loop so they know when they'll hear from you. 

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Next Steps

If you’re ready to make a decision about a project, go back to your Catchafire dashboard. You can either:

  • Click "Start Project" if you'd like to work with this Organization
  • Click "Pass" if you don't think it's a good fit

Remember: The Organization has to choose to work with you too!  If both parties click "Start Project," then it's a match!

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