Public Allies New York
The interview process for Public Allies New York is intentionally designed to be rigorous and equitable. We are committed to transparency throughout the process; applicants may request feedback at any stage. Every assessment throughout the process is aligned with our established leadership competencies.
There are four major stages to the interview process: Application, Group Interview, Individual Interview, and Matching. Each is outlined below. The overall candidate assessment form can be found here.
What Does It Mean To...
Be rigorous? This is our commitment to both candidates and Partner Organizations, that we will carefully consider and vet each candidate at multiple stages, from multiple perspectives, with the input of key stakeholders. Interviewers are trained in the fundamental skills of assessment, human capital management, and feedback.
Be equitable? We consider candidates based on their leadership competencies rather than exclusively by past experiences or outcomes that may have been impacted by bias. Interviewers are provided with rubrics, also available to candidates in advance, so that there is a shared language and set of expectations.
Be transparent? When people are stressed by the unknown, they do not perform well. We are not seeking candidates who can endure unnecessary stress, but rather candidates who can show up as their whole selves authentically. To that end, we provide a sense of each interview experience here, and all forms used to assess candidates are available to be reviewed by you here on this site in advance of your interview(s). Every candidate may request an unaltered copy of their candidate assessment at any stage.
Candidate Bios Due
1 / Submit an Application
All applications are submitted through the online portal at APPLY.PUBLICALLIES.ORG. Complete references are necessary. Each application is reviewed by three different individuals associated with Public Allies. Those selected, and those not selected, to move on will receive notification within two weeks of submission.
2 / Group Interview & TSP (Selection Day Part A)
All approved applicants are asked to come in to the Public Allies New York office for a group interview, as well as to present a very brief Team Service Project (TSP) idea.
The group interview consists of hypothetical scenarios and team activities.
The rubric used to assess your group interview can be found here.
The TSP presentation is a 2-3 minute presentation that identifies a social justice area that is of interest to you, and which includes one way in which you can support/ advocate for the particular cause of choice.
3 / Individual Interview (Selection Day Part B)
After the group interviews, applicants are asked to participate in a one-on-one interview with a staff member or alum.
For the individual interview, we are not interested in canned answers to questions about your 'strengths' and 'weaknesses.' We assess your ability to solve problems (and are more interested in the process than the outcome); your ability to learn, to adapt, and to innovate.
The rubric used to assess your individual interview can be found here.
4 / Matching Fair
The Matching Fair is a one day event in which all candidates gather to meet the potential Partner Organizations, each committed to hosting an Ally at their organizaton for that year. It is similar to a career fair, in that candidates have the opportunity to pursue placement interviews with any organization in attendance that they are interested in.