Alumni Interview Committee
What is the Onward Israel Alumni Interview Committee (AIC)?
A small group of handpicked program Alumni who help conduct interviews for future programs.
How does it work?
Applicants will be considered by submitting a short application. If you are selected to move forward, you will be contacted for additional follow up or scheduling a brief phone interview.
Committee members take part in an online video training with other committee members to learn the ropes of video interviewing and to understand more about the programs they will be interviewing for. The training will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
The training includes:
- Best practices for Video Interviewing
- How to use our Online Calendaring system to select times you are available to interview and how to make changes
- How to use Google Video Hangouts to conduct interviews and how to submit notes from your interviews
- An overview of the programs and frequently asked questions (you will also be given a cheat sheet with this information to use during interviews)
When do interviews take place?
Interviews will begin the first week of December 2019 and will be conducted through April 2020.
How much time do I need to give to be a part of the committee?
You must be available for 4 hours pers week to conduct 8 interviews. Each interview is 30 minutes and interview time slots are broken down into two 2 hour blocks per week.
But what about class/work/personal schedule?
You are able to select times that work for you and put them on the calendar to repeat each week with the ability to easily make changes as needed.
You must give 2 weeks notice if you are going to miss an entire week of interviews (i.e. Spring Break) and inform the team as soon as possible with last minute emergencies.
What impact does my interview have on whether or not an applicant is selected for a program?
The first interview is an important step in the application process as it allows us to get to know more about an applicant and to see if they would be a good fit for our programs. We have set up an online rubric for our committee members which they fill out for each applicant they interview. It includes sections for answers to some of the questions you will ask, as well as space to make notes or observations about the applicant. It also includes a section to mark down any questions or follow up you would like us to do after the interview.
We review each online rubric after it is submitted before making a decision about whether or not to move the applicant forward for a second interview. We will also consult with you if we have any additional questions. We take your opinions seriously and you become a valued member of our team in helping to shape the cohort of future programs.
What if an applicant asks a question I can’t answer?
We know our committee members are smart and well trained but it is bound to happen that an applicant will want to know something you don’t have the answer to. Simply tell them that you aren’t sure, but you will have someone from the Onward Israel team get back to them as soon as possible.
What do I get out of this?
Career wise, past committee members have told us that having experience on the other side of the interview has helped them be prepared for future interviews and that it has been a great experience to include on their resumes. You will also receive a $1000 stipend.
On a personal note, the committee members are able to stay connected to Onward Israel and help us grow and make this opportunity available to more young adults.