Secrets to a successful phone interview for development aid job seekers

An aid worker talks on his mobile phone. Photo by: Julien Harneis / CC BY-SA

Meeting with a recruiter face to face can be difficult in the fields of international development, humanitarian aid and global health: Employers are often half a world away from the consultants or staff they seek to hire, and even if you’re interviewing for a position close to home, the first interview could be over the phone.

Here are some suggestions for acing a phone interview – many of them geared especially toward the globe-trotting aid worker who is communicating across time zones and cultures to make the world a better place.

About the author

  • Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.