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Volunteer Interview Questions
1. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you when you volunteer?
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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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Volunteer Interview Questions
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How much time would you like to volunteer?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Because it is the summer, I have a lot of time. My availability is pretty much completely open. However, come September I start school and will be there Monday-Thursday 3pm-7pm.
 
2.
I would like to volunteer the times you would like me to.
 
3.
I work volunteer when ever I donot get other job.
 
4.
I put in as much time as I can to give back to the community. I am committed on a once per week basis.
 
5.
I would love to volunteer on a long term basis.
 
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What kind of environment do you thrive in?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Environment I like inducive, cooperative,
 
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I had an experience in both IT field and teaching profession.
 
3.
I am best in a real work environment that requires me to be attentive at all times.
 
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My ideal work environment is one that is adaptive.
 
5.
One that requires me to think on my toes and keeps my mind working with creative solutions.
 
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Why are you interested in volunteering?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I want to gain hospital experience. I hope to go to medical school one day. I am also interested in seeing how the biomedical instruments are used in the hospital and I hope to gain ideas on new biomedical instruments that I can possibly create for my senior year project.
 
2.
I enjoy working with people & I think volunteering my summer would be a great way to enhance my skills & learn more about the hospital.
 
3.
I interested in volunteering I want to learn new things and also need experience.
 
4.
I think it is a good work. It can make me that open world. I can see the difference world.
 
5.
I love new exspiriances and I needed to go into the real world for a program at school.
 
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How did you go about making job assignments?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy making job assignments. Knowing what I need to do and how I can get them done was always an interest of mine and I like putting the effort and making my time as efficient as possible.
 
2.
I want to join the project of volunteer.
 
3.
Play to people's strengths, whilst at the same time, try to provide fresh challenges where possible or new learning opportunities.
 
4.
Usually very precise and complete the assignment fully in the best possible way.
 
5.
I made personal deadlines to ensure that my projects were done way before the actual deadlines.
 
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6 of 25
What are your expectations for this volunteer position?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The organization is expected to ensure that I: Learn about the organization and its volunteer policies; Get an orientation to the organization and training for my volunteer role; Know the organization’s policy or protocol for handling complaints or any issues of concern; Ask for and have regular reviews or evaluations of my performance; Get guidance and support in my volunteer role; Be reimbursed for all volunteer work-related expenses for the organization.
 
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Be more involved in the med-world and having hands-on experience.
 
3.
To impact the lives of individuals in the community and to personally grow from this experience.
 
4.
Whatever am doing for my patients would be beneficial to them.And I could devote my knowledge and skill for the happieness and satisfaction of my clients.
 
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I expect to discover and learn more about the hospital setting. I am still unsure what exactly I want to go into, I know I want to be a physician, but I am quite unsure which specific type I would like to become. So maybe if I volunteer at the pediatrics department, I will discover that I love working with children, or perhaps it will be too sad for me to work there. These are all things I can gain from volunteering.
 
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7 of 25
Can you briefly talk about your experiences as they relate to this position?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Honestly I have no experience therefore I was hoping to get a start here.
 
2.
I have the similar experience in back home.I cared for my grand parents when they were bedridden, Igot many patients with same problem.So it would be worth if you could take me to this position.
 
3.
I have spent a year studiying science primaraly. I have spent time with bees.
 
4.
As mentioned earlier, I have leadership experience and experience with children and youth,
 
5.
I have worked in several youth camps through the Helping Hands Program.
 
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8 of 25
Describe a time when you took personal accountability for a conflict and initiated contact with the individual(s) involved to explain your actions.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Once, I renovated the room I shared with my sister. Her bed, in its former position, took up too much space, hence why I had to move it around to make room for more. When she came home, I explained that it was I who had done it and told her my reasons, which she found herself agreeing to.
 
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I got into a fight with one of my friends over a misunderstanding and she got really angry at me, which I thought that was unfair of her but in the end I accepted that it was my fault and I proceeded in calling her in order to apologize for the misunderstanding and that I was wrong to judge her.
 
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I clam down and I talk a person again.
 
4.
I met with my line managers and sought to find answers as to why targets were not being met and tried to find ways in which we could work together to put the situation right.
 
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I spoke with confidence and ask them politely what happened with the situation and tried to solve this conflict the best way possible.
 
Question
9 of 25
Being a volunteer, have you ever felt you work went unappreciated?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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If I were to be working for an extensive amount of time, and the final product is criticized/judged, then yes, I would feel that way. But that has not occurred and I hope it does not.
 
2.
Yes, they just gave me busy work.
 
3.
No, its always been appreciated and well received by children, adults alike.
 
4.
No. As long as I see one other being being impacted in a positive manner, I do not need any credit because that happiness is my reward.
 
5.
No. I do my work for my satisfaction. I will continue to do my work even if I am unappreciated.
 
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10 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have anxiety and I am working on meditation to relive stress.
 
2.
I feel I shold be more improve in speking up.Because in nursing field the nurse should have to be a good speaker. But now I think am better after my masters in nursing course.
 
3.
Limiting the realities of my work. I tend to have huge end goals and smaller steps to reach that goal, but sometimes those end goals are very far out and I need to understand my limitations within my position and that sometimes I cannot accomplish those goals alone.
 
4.
Probably my greatest weakness would be not formulating a good answer when being asked complex questions. I try my best to say a good answer.
 
5.
My weakness is confidence, but trying to come out and initiate myself in working.
 
Question
11 of 25
Tell me about your work history.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My first experience was as a volunteer/intern at Harris & Associates where I performed routine clerical duties such as sorting and distributing mail, filing, and data entry. I also was a student worker at Bakersfield College Library where my duties included: Shelving books, working at the circulation desk checking out books, and to answer questions that a patron my have.
 
2.
I Volunteered at Lakeview Elementary school where I learned how great it is to give back to my community.
 
3.
I never volunteered before, nor did I ever had a job, however my father owns a company so I do help him at work during my summer and weekends.
 
4.
I have done B. Sc nursing. I have worked in different different hospital work in NICU provide care to the premature babies.
 
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I had an experience in IT company as a team leader and as a Primary Teacher in a Secondary school.
 
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12 of 25
Have you ever been a member of a group where two of the members did not work well together? What did you do to get them to do so?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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What I did was have them talk it out and have activities where they would have to work together.
 
2.
Yes, we paired them together at a station that we were volunteering at for a race. The first few hours, they disliked one another, but soon found themselves working in a harmonious rhythm and not have an argument since.
 
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If I am in the team leader I will call them personally and talk them politely for doing their work properly and warn them . Otherwise I complient to my manager about the guys who are not working well.
 
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I gained the lead and instructed them both to help me get things done.
 
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Yes, I was the one who was in-between the two group members that did not get along. I would try to compensate for both of their needs and make an attempt for them to make up for their argument.
 
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Are you involved in other organized activities?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Currently, no, but I am hoping I will be involved with this organization.
 
2.
Yes ,In India I used to work as a volunteer in sai seva service.There we organize so many activities like medical camp, supporting old ages as per their needs, offering clothes and books for kids , society cleaning etc. I also involved all these activities . So I liked to do as a volunteer.
 
3.
I am involved in a volunteer program at JB hospital.
 
4.
Yeas I part of clubs at school like grean team, premed club,
 
5.
Yes, Ido.Involving activities like makes me confident and happy.
 
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14 of 25
Why do you like helping others?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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In my blood. Family of teachers.
 
2.
Well ive worked in many areas, as marketing agent, I had to walk and encounter people out of my working station to propose my services. I also work as a finance clerk where I did front office duties and also had much encounter with patients of various kinds. Then with my job satisfaction as a finance clerk I was promoted to work as an administrative secretary because they found in me someone very confidential and welcoming.
 
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I believe that in this world everybody needs somebody, and I also feel like giving back to the community what the community has giving me.
 
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Because a friend in need is a friend indeed.
 
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I like helping others because it gives me such a great feeling a proud and successful feeling that is just so great and makes me so much happier. Helping someone is just one of those things hay you look back on your life and you say wow I'm so glad I did his, it shaped me into the peeps in am today and I'm very proud of the person I am.
 
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15 of 25
What do you do during your free time?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Reading current affairs, watching movies, cooking.
 
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I mostly read books in my free time and study for school. Or I am watching T.V.
 
3.
I ride horses and hike. Also read.
 
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I spend my free time reading, listening to music, and taking pictures.
 
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During my freetime, when I am not working or studying, I love to go exploring and drawing.
 
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How did you hear about this volunteering opportunity?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I heard about this volunteering opportunity by a friend that applied last year and by another friend that volunteers here.
 
2.
I got this information from one of my friends.I got inspired by the opportunity so I searched in website and applied for it.
 
3.
Poster from the volunteer shop.
 
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I was on volunteermatch. Org when I came across this opportunity.
 
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I went here for fun and thought you may want my help.
 
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17 of 25
Are you currently involved in any other organizations?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I am currently volunteering for St Johns ambulance on mondays from 5pm onwards.
 
2.
Yes, yearbook, choir, handbells, ensemble.
 
3.
No, I am currently not involved in any other organization.
 
4.
I am not currently involved in any other organizations but I am looking for opportunities to help wherever I can be of use.
 
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I currently work at Conquer Training which is a personal Training gym in Portsmouth village. I am also hoping to volunteer again for the sisters of providence.
 
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How do others view you as a role model?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Others view me as a role model as somebody that is very confident and hardworking and never gives up.
 
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Others view me as a role model because when I do not get an ideal result for my test, I study more to aim my goal next time.
 
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People have said I am good with adults and chilren. And that I am very independant.
 
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Others view me as a very organized, punctual person.
 
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I have been told I am very driven and committed to the work I do, but can also be very kind and and empathetic on a personal level.
 
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What skills and qualifications do you have that will help you for this position?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have good communication, organization, and time management skills. I am also a nursing student and have had some experience in the clinical setting.
 
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I am a responsible and reliable person. I will never leave my job undone. I will not leave my job to another person.
 
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Being the eldest in my family, Iíve become not only tolerant of my younger siblings and cousins, but enjoy hanging out with them. Also, about two years ago is when I first volunteered to be a camp counselor. Over the past few summers, Iíve organized and led the athletic and recreational activities at a camp. As such I would teach games to children, and play with them.
 
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Ihave been volunteering in my native country, and I choosen nursing as my profession.I am sure that I got the attitude and aptitude for a volunteer.
 
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My leadership skills, my ability to work on my toes, creativity, and my flexibility.
 
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Why do you enjoy volunteer work?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The number one thing is that you get to use your own time to help the community and many others as well.
 
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I enjoy volunteer work because I enjoy interacting with different people and helping others when they are in need.
 
3.
I enjoy volunteer work because I love helping people with their needs. I always had a caring heart for others.
 
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I love helping others, it gives me a feeling of acceptance towards myself when I make others feel better.
 
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I think selfless service is the key way to make you feel proud and happiness.And I experienced it when I volunteered earlier.
 
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What kind of people do you most enjoy working with?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy working with people who enjoy what they are doing.
 
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I enjoy working most with people who are considerate, respectful, and have a positive attitude.
 
3.
All different ethic, culture groups. People who are motivated.
 
4.
I most enjoy working with children and underprivileged people, or even a combination of the two. A few years ago I traveled to India, and during my stay there I visited an orphanage for physically and mentally disabled children. I was blessed with the opportunity to interact with them, read to them, and play games with them.
 
5.
I like working with a wide range of people in society and enjoy working with everyone.
 
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What kinds of rewards do you need to stay motivated?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Compliments from my supervisors or patients that I am taking care of will make me stay motivated.
 
2.
I am not currently involved in any other organizations.
 
3.
No rewards necessary to stay motivated. I am motivated by giving my employer 100%
 
4.
I mostly do work for myself, so the motivation I have is to keep the children happy and satisfied at their time here.
 
5.
The rewards usually motivates me the satisfaction of my clients, peers motivation and my my supervisors appreciation.
 
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Why do you want to be a volunteer in our organization?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Because I enjoy helping others.
 
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Because I am interested in wanting to help out in the community and I find that I can achieve that goal through your organization.
 
3.
I want to be a volunteer in this organization because I am interested in medicine field and I heard that this is a great organization. Patients that came here had given good reviews.
 
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Served my community and obtain knowledge in the medical field, my long term goal is a doctor.
 
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I would like to be a volunteer because volunteering is my passion. I love to make people smile and brighten there day it warms my heart to see it.
 
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What was your most rewarding experience helping someone before?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have a friend who came from Taiwan. Like me, English is her second language. I try to help her as much as I can. I help her to correct her mistakes in her essay. I also teach her about grammar.
 
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Once, my friend was in a very tough place in her life where she was depressed and thank God I was able to help her out by making her feel better and helping her overcome that period in her life.
 
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The most rewarding experience was when I helped a newcomer lost elder lady to drop at her home.
 
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Once I visited the old age home in my country with my friends.I never expected it makes the inmates so happy,I could see the happiness glisteening in their eyes. I think it would be the most rewarding experience.
 
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When I was studying in university I help a friend to baby sit their babies for a few weeks. After the baby sit I find I am very happy.
 
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What volunteer work have you done in the past?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Actually, I have not volunteered in the past before.
 
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This will be my first volunteer job and I look forward to work in different departments and learn how each department works as a team.
 
3.
I have volunteered at my church before, taking care of the kids that were in the nursery, I also volunteered in my old school as an usher, and in the library.
 
4.
Other than internship at a accounting firm, I have helped work with are church in the neighborhood community.
 
5.
State park. Westernaires. Tia.
 
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