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Top 25 Volunteer Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a volunteer?
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Question 2 of 25
How much time would you like spend in a volunteer role?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know the extent of your commitment. Make sure you know your schedule before answering this question. Consider asking them a question to clarify their needs before you let them know what you can offer.

Answer Example
"How many volunteer hours are you looking for? I can be flexible, but I know that I can for sure offer 16 hours a week."
Entry Level Example
"That is a great question! I would like to volunteer as much as I can. How much time are you looking for a volunteer?"
Experienced Example
"Between my full-time job, and being a parent, I keep busy. I am looking to volunteer 5-10 hours/week for now, and increase as needed."
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Question 3 of 25
What are your expectations for this volunteer position?
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Do your research before meeting with this organization. How much do you know about the opportunity? The interviewer wants to know if this volunteer role will meet your needs, as well as theirs. You can also ask questions if there is anything you're not clear about.

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"I expect that I'll be working with elderly, taking them for walks and assisting them on outings. I'm looking forward to working with others who are passionate about helping the elderly. Are there any other major proponents of this role that you would like to share?"
Entry Level Example
"I expect to make a difference in the community and come across meaningful experiences with fellow volunteers or those we are giving to. I also expect to put in hard work, and I am excited to do so!"
Experienced Example
"I am here because I would like to have an experience where my skills can help those who need it. I want to be pulled out of the bubble that my life has become, and understand what it takes to sacrifice for others."
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Question 4 of 25
Being a volunteer, have you ever felt your work went unappreciated?
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How to Answer
You can be honest here. If you have found this to be a true statement, explain the circumstances and why you felt that way. It is likely that, at some point, you may feel unappreciated, so the interviewer wants to know how you will respond to feelings like that.

Answer Example
"I worked as a volunteer when there was a flood in my hometown. My responsibilities included dispatching volunteers to different neighborhoods. I spent long hours for the first week making sure everyone was cared for. There were moments where I didn't feel appreciated for the long hours put in, but I knew the value of my work and how many people I was helping. So, I kept on doing my thing!"
Entry Level Example
"I don't necessarily look for appreciation so I would say that I have never noticed any blatant un-appreciation in past volunteer work. I do what I do for others. Not for the recognition."
Experienced Example
"I think a feeling of unappreciation can be relative. I stick to my tasks, I listen to the needs of my organization, and I help those who need it. Volunteering isn't about me - it's about my community."
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Question 5 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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The interviewer wants to see if you the have self-awareness required to understand your weaknesses. Knowing the areas in which you can improve, is a sign of maturity. Share something that you have taken the time to reflect on. Maybe you made a mistake by moving too quickly through a project, and not paying attention to detail. Whatever it may be, show your ability to adapt and change from the mistakes or behaviors that didn't serve you in the past.

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"I tend to be a people pleaser. In the past, I have said 'yes' before looking at my schedule, and I have overcommitted myself. Now whenever my boss asks me to do something, I let him know I need to check to make sure I have the bandwidth. This practice has saved me from taking on too much and overworking myself."
Entry Level Example
"My greatest weakness is caring too much about the small details. It can be easy to care a great deal about the minute details. I have worked on this by ensuring that I remind myself of the big picture."
Experienced Example
"My greatest weakness is in taking control when leadership opportunities present themselves. I am not a naturally outgoing or gregarious personality. I have taken the opportunity to sign up for a free leadership skills workshop at the local library. I hope this will help me to hone my leadership skills further."
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Question 6 of 25
Tell me about your work history and how it relates to your work here as a volunteer.
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Question 7 of 25
Why do you like helping others?
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Question 8 of 25
What do you do during your free time?
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Question 9 of 25
Which organizations are you currently involved with?
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Question 10 of 25
Do others view you as a role model?
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Question 11 of 25
What skills and qualifications do you have that will help you as a volunteer?
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Question 12 of 25
What kind of people do you most enjoy working with?
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Question 13 of 25
What keeps you motivated on the tough days?
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Question 14 of 25
Why do you want to be a volunteer in our organization?
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Question 15 of 25
What has been your most rewarding volunteer experience?
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Question 16 of 25
What volunteer work have you done in the past?
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Question 17 of 25
Our volunteers need to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 18 of 25
How would your current co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 19 of 25
We want our volunteers to come to us with creative ideas. Tell me about a time when you took a creative approach to solving a problem.
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Question 20 of 25
Our organization sees a great deal of social and economic diversity. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 21 of 25
What do you know about our organization's culture?
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Question 22 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 23 of 25
We encourage our volunteers to come to us with cost-saving ideas. Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
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Question 24 of 25
We greatly appreciate our volunteers. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 25 of 25
Where did you find out about our volunteer program?
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About Volunteer

January 7th, 2015

In general terms, volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

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