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Have you ever volunteered?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Did you know that, according to LinkedIn research, 1 in 5 hiring managers prefers to hire candidates with volunteer experience? This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss how you are involved in your community and that you commit time to help others. If you have volunteer experience, you have a leg-up on other candidates.

Many non-profit organizations have a long onboarding process with background checks and references required so if you need to gain volunteer experience pronto, here are some options for a quick turnaround:

- Raise money for a cause, like the Red Cross
- Donate blood on a regular rotation or organize a blood drive
- Have a craft or bake sale to raise funds for a charity close to your heart
- Run in a charity race where financial pledges are required
- Advise high-school and University students on a crowd-sourced advice platform like CareerVillage
- Write articles for non-profit organizations, for free
- Sponsor a business owner in a third world country using a platform like Kiva.org
- Volunteer at your church camp
- Clean up a local park
- Volunteer to tutor a student
- Foster animals for a rescue society

Professional Answer Examples
Admin
Answer example

"I currently volunteer every Saturday at the local animal shelter. I help to organize adoption applications and also screen the applicants. It feels great to help out, and it melts my heart when we make a perfect pet-parent match."

Manager
Answer example

"In my extra time, I put a lot of work into my home. I am quite handy with power tools, believe it or not. Currently, I am finishing the basement of my home into a basement suite, to make it an income suite. Have you ever completed a home reno project? It's quite satisfying work!"

Marketing
Answer example

"Martial arts is a passion of mine, and I am currently a brown belt. If you are not familiar with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it's an incredible workout both physically and mentally speaking. I train approximately four hours per week."

Retail
Answer example

"I was a cheerleader all through high school and have continued my passion for dance now that I have graduated. I take Zumba, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop classes most weekends. It's a great way to stay active. Have you ever been to XYZ Dance Studio? They offer a free introductory class on Sunday mornings."

Sales
Answer example

"I have a range of interests that include going to the museum, the theatre, and seeing a variety of art shows. Many of my friends are performers, so I get out a few times a month to support them and their craft. Have you been to a theatrical performance lately?"

Teacher
Answer example

"At the moment, I am continuing my education. I take online coursework towards my Masters' degree in Education. For that reason, most of my spare time is spent studying. The rest, I spend dining out with friends. I am a foodie, for sure. Have you been to any great restaurants lately?"

Daycare Worker
Answer example

"I currently volunteer every Saturday at the local animal shelter. I help to organize adoption applications and also screen the applicants. It feels great to help out, and it melts my heart when we make a perfect pet-parent match."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 03/25/2018
Last modified on: 02/03/2019
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