A cornerstone to a successful volunteer
program is the interview with a potential volunteer. The interview accomplishes
several important functions. It builds rapport with an interested individual
who, though out this process, will determine if volunteering would be
a good fit. As coordinators of volunteers we are able to discus position
possibilities and the requirements needed to successfully perform a particular
service. Lets explore additional pertinent information for an effective
Policies Relating to Interviewing
Prior to being assigned or appointed to a position, all volunteers
will be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for and interest
in that position. The interview should determine the qualifications
of the volunteer, their commitment to fulfill the requirements of the
position, and should answer any questions that the volunteer might have
about the position. Interviews may be conducted either in person or
by other means.
Placement of Volunteers
In placing a volunteer in a position, attention shall be paid to the
interests and capabilities of the volunteer and to the requirements
of the volunteer position. No placement shall be made unless the requirements
of both the volunteer and the supervising staff can be met: no volunteer
should be assigned to a 'make-work' position and no position should
be given to an unqualified or uninterested volunteer.
Staff Involvement in Placement of Volunteers
Wherever possible, staff that will be working with the volunteer should
participate in the design and conduct of the interview. Final assignment
of a potential volunteer should not take place without review and approval
of appropriate staff with whom the volunteer will be working.
Questions for a Volunteer Interview
Here is a list of potential questions that
may be used during a volunteer interview.
1. Tell us about yourself.
2. Why do you want to volunteer at this point in your life?
3. What attracted you do our program?
4. What do you know about our organization?
5. What would you like to gain from your volunteer experience?
6. What are you looking for in a volunteer position?
7. What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
8. Describe your work ethic.
9. Why do you think you would be a good volunteer?
10. Would you rather work alone, with a group, or with a partner? Why?
11. How long would you stay with us?
12. How would people describe you?
13. How do you feel about previous volunteer positions?
14. What did you like most about your last volunteer position?
15. What did you like least about your last volunteer position?
16. What do you consider to be the ideal volunteer position for you?
17. Describe an ideal supervisor.
18. Do you consider yourself a "self-starter"? Why or Why
19. How do you work in a hectic environment?
20. Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Ten years?
21. Describe your personality.
22. Are you primarily a "numbers" person?
23. Are you creative? In what ways?
24. Are you a good listener?
25. Describe your computer skills (or whatever skills).
26. How would you describe your working knowledge of ...(Subject of