Preparing for Successful Interviews and Political Job Offers - National Democratic Training Committee Prepare for Successful Interviews and Political Job Offers

Preparing for Successful Interviews and Political Job Offers

By Ashley Arnold
45 min
Getting Started

What You’ll Learn

  • Prepare to interview with confidence for paid roles on Democratic campaigns and in progressive organizations
  • Practice formulating thoughtful responses to common political job interview questions
  • Apply a research-driven approach to job offer negotiations

Why This is Important

Interviews can provoke anxiety among job-seekers, and the process of negotiating a salary is unfamiliar to many. This course will get you comfortable with what to expect from political job interviews and offer tips for negotiating fair compensation.

Key Resources

  • Campaign Staff Interview Questions Guide
  • Campaign Roles and Responsibilities Guide
  • Campaign Job Descriptions Guide
  • Sample Interview Follow Up Email
  • Job Search Organizer with Offer Comparison Tool

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Ashley Arnold


Ashley (she/her) serves as the Director of Training Curriculum. In her role, she guides the strategy and development of NDTC's content- both for on-demand and program-based learners. Previously, she served as Deputy National Training Director on Joe Biden's campaign for President and before that was Ohio's Training Director on Elizabeth Warren's primary campaign. Ashley has created and facilitated trainings for Crooked Media, Arena, Vote Run Lead, the Obama Foundation and the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Ashley, who hails from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English & Political Science from Marshall University. In her spare time Ashley is either baking or running- two activities that often cancel each other out.