Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM ET
Cost: FREE
Location: Online (registrants will be sent details on how to connect closer to the date)

Ace your next (virtual) job interview!

Interviewing is stressful enough without the added challenges of a pandemic and an economic downturn. However, virtual interviewing is here to stay, and we will coach you through how to turn it to your advantage!

The key to a great interview is preparation….researching the organization, mapping out your experiences using specific examples, and anticipating questions. It’s important to understand what the hiring manager is looking and listing for. Communication is critical, and can reinforce (or detract from) your knowledge and experience.

In this session, we’ll explore different interview models and how to best prepare for each. We’ll share tips, tricks, and tools to help you understand how to excel in your next interview, and we’ll model best practices using role-playing. We’ll also have a robust Q&A session, so that you can benefit from our ‘front row seat’ observations from helping hundreds of not-for-profit organizations hire at many different levels.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding different types of job interviews
  • How to best prepare for job interviews
  • Understanding what hiring managers and HR professionals are looking and listening for
  • How to anticipate interview questions
  • How to use brief experiential examples to highlight your experience
  • Understanding good-better-best interview answers by observing role playing

Sponsored by:

Samantha David

Senior Consultant, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Samantha joined KCI in 2019 after 30 years in the not for profit sector focused on program delivery, fundraising, and marketing. In addition to her skills in external relations, Samantha brings strong experience in Board management, senior leadership experience, and team leadership.

While at KCI, Samantha has been engaged in Executive Director searches, and in senior and mid-level searches for fundraising and marketing communications roles.

Prior to joining KCI, Samantha spent 8 years working in student nutrition. She was Executive Director of Breakfast for Learning, and then Director of Strategic Initiatives at Breakfast Club of Canada. Earlier, Samantha held roles at Camp Oochigeas, the Alzheimer Society, MedicAlert and The WoodGreen Foundation. 

Samantha holds an MSW (McGill) and a certificate in Adult Education (St FX). She has also completed the Ivey Executive Leadership Program.

On a personal level, Samantha enjoys giving back to the sector, and she has been an active volunteer with the AFP Toronto Chapter. She is also passionate about animals and has fostered dogs with a local animal rescue organization for several years.

Tara George, BSc, BEd, MBA

Partner / Lead, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

As the national lead for KCI’s executive search and talent practice since 2007, Tara has partnered with a wide variety of non-profit and charitable clients across Canada, helping them to reach out and draw suitable candidates towards available opportunities. Tara has led or played a key role in more than 450 searches across the country during her time with KCI.

Beyond her executive search work, Tara focuses on organizational development issues, helping clients to define their staffing needs, organizational structure, and recruitment, retention, and succession strategies. Tara also co-leads KCI’s compensation benchmarking services and serves as an internal advisor and consultant for colleagues who focus in other KCI practices areas.

Tara holds an MBA (McMaster University), a BEd (University of Toronto), and a BSc (University of Guelph). Tara has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Governance Essentials course.  Prior to joining KCI, Tara worked for 10+ years in Advancement leadership roles in the education sector. She is also a former high-school teacher of science, math, business, and phys-ed.

An active volunteer with professional associations and charitable organizations, Tara currently sits on the Board of the Network of Non-profit Search Consultants, the Governance committee of the MS Scientific Research Foundation, and the Strategic Planning Committee of Providence Healthcare Foundation.


Ellie Rusonik

Associate Vice President, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Ellie is known as a dynamic leader and consummate team player who has hired, inspired, and coached many promising and successful advancement leaders.  She joined KCI’s Executive Search team to share that expertise with our clients.  Ellie is valued for her strategic thinking, strong project management, and collaborative and communicative style. 

Prior to joining KCI, Ellie held an executive role at Geneva Centre for Autism as the lead for marketing, communications, and fundraising.  Prior to that she spent 16+ years with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in a range of fundraising and marketing leadership roles where she worked collaboratively with staff and volunteer leaders across the country on the development, execution, and coaching on fundraising strategies and activities.  Ellie was a key relationship manager and lead contact for some of the MS Society’s largest corporate partners. 

Ellie is an active volunteer who makes an impact by sharing her skills and expertise.  She currently serves as a board member with the Ontario Volleyball Association.  Ellie holds a BSc in Kinesiology and a certificate in Sport Administration from York University.