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25 Volunteer Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you when you volunteer?
"I am disciplined. I work hard and stay focused on the task at hand. My consistency makes me reliable and gives others confidence in me."
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List of Volunteer Interview Questions
  1. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you when you volunteer?
  2. How much time would you like to volunteer?
  3. What kind of environment do you thrive in?
  4. Why are you interested in volunteering?
  5. How did you go about making job assignments?
  6. What are your expectations for this volunteer position?
  7. Can you briefly talk about your experiences as they relate to this position?
  8. Describe a time when you took personal accountability for a conflict and initiated contact with the individual(s) involved to explain your actions.
  9. Being a volunteer, have you ever felt you work went unappreciated?
  10. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  11. Tell me about your work history.
  12. 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?
  13. Are you involved in other organized activities?
  14. Why do you like helping others?
  15. What do you do during your free time?
  16. How did you hear about this volunteering opportunity?
  17. Are you currently involved in any other organizations?
  18. How do others view you as a role model?
  19. What skills and qualifications do you have that will help you for this position?
  20. Why do you enjoy volunteer work?
  21. What kind of people do you most enjoy working with?
  22. What kinds of rewards do you need to stay motivated?
  23. Why do you want to be a volunteer in our organization?
  24. What was your most rewarding experience helping someone before?
  25. What volunteer work have you done in the past?
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Christine Pasqueretta
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Volunteer Information
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 User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you when you volunteer?
"I am disciplined. I work hard and stay focused on the task at hand. My consistency makes me reliable and gives others confidence in me."
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My greatest strength is my ability to improvise when the original plan does not work. This can be used in a volunteer position whenever there are complications or when problems arise.
2.
I feel as though my greatest strength is respect and inclusion. These qualities would help me when I volunteer because with everyone we meet we should respect them without having a certain strong opinion about them at first glance.
3.
My greatest strength is my compassion for others. It drives me to help those in need.
4.
Greatest strenth how does it help you when you volunteer.
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Paying attention, it helps me by letting me pay attention to my boss so I can do the tasks correctly.
Question 2 of 25
How much time would you like to volunteer?
"How many hours do you need someone to work? I can be flexible, but I know that I can offer 16 hours a week."
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I can volunteer more than 10 hours a week, also I am always available whenever its needed.
2.
Can do one day and one evening a week,
3.
I would like to volunteer for day time. And you can call me whenever there is a need for volunteer.
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3 Days A Week For 5 Hours Per Day.
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I am flexible during working days.
Question 3 of 25
What kind of environment do you thrive in?
"I work well independently, motivated by deadlines and prioritizing tasks to meet them. I also enjoy working in a team environment. I can adapt to working with different personalities and I use my time wisely."
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I belongs to joint family, so live with my cousins in my childhood and know about to give respect to our elders and younger.
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I am interested in volunteering because I feel it will help me prepare to be a teacher some day, through observing the classroom from a teachers perspective, in some way, and also observing teachers techniques and how they teach will guide me in my jounrey.
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I thrive in an enviormnet with pwoplw.
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Mostly, a friendly, calm environment. However, if the environment is tensed, I am able to make it relaxed by using my social skills that I have developed from my past volunteer and work experiences.
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I like to be in a type of environment where people are positive and supportive. Also challeging.
Question 4 of 25
Why are you interested in volunteering?
"I want to use my skills to serve a less fortunate population, because I am passionate about helping others and educating them about ways they can better themselves."
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Because I have a exposal in english about volunteering.
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To help serve the community properly.
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Because I like being of service to other people. I like when people benefit from what I can offer that could help them in one way or the other.
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I appreciate to participant the operation of the entire organization of this event and activities during volunteering, get to know people of different backgrounds and experiences and solve problems in the process. This is considerably different from the salary working environment.
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I'd be interested for several reasons, for one thing I'd like to get a feel for what it's like to work in a lab setting and see if research, and especially in this area, would be a right fit for me moving forward. For another, I'm very much interested in Dr. Pruessner's research and I've read the papers he's recently published on stress mechanisms.
Question 5 of 25
How did you go about making job assignments?
Professional answer
I prioritize my work load and the available team resources. I make the decisions based on adding the best value to each job at hand, while maximizing our resources.
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Play to people's strengths, whilst at the same time, try to provide fresh challenges where possible or new learning opportunities.
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Trying to fit people's strengths with the assignemnt.
3.
I try and be as perductive as I possibly can. I level out the jobs equally.
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Very well because I have great organisational skills.
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Assessed persons strengths. Asked what they wanted to do. Merged the two.
Question 6 of 25
What are your expectations for this volunteer position?
Professional answer
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.
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It is a good work. It make a person that know sacrifice , responsibility and Understand others.
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To help n assist kids in class room.
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My expectations are for myself to do as much as I can to support and care for the retirement residents so that their interests and needs are fulfilled.
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My expectations are to become involved with cleaning up and with children.
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I hope to get hands on experience in A and E as I think that the busy pressurised environment will prepare me for Medical school.
Question 7 of 25
Can you briefly talk about your experiences as they relate to this position?
Professional answer
Absolutely! I have 5 years giving to the Red Cross in our local neighborhood. While studying in school, I spent my summers attending mission trips where we helped unserved communities or those impacted by natural disasters. I enjoy volunteer work and am excited to bring my skills to this role.
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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.
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I have spent a year studiying science primaraly. I have spent time with bees.
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I was working as a recruiter for a placement consultancy for 3 years and have little experience in administrative work as well like keeping records, writing emails and organizing events. Being a recruiter I take care of the entire recruitment process like sourcing profiles, first level screening, maintaining database of the selected candidates, and their joining.
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When I gift something to a person. They smile and say Thank you.
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I many times advice people how to cope with difficult sytuations.
Question 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.
Professional answer
In a previous role, I was involved in decisions with where to do our community-service projects at times. There was a disagreement over where our efforts should be. I suggested a more difficult undertaking that did not go over well with the team because they did not want to allocate as much time. I took responsibility for the choice and spoke to the individuals about my reasoning. I told them that I felt the event would make more of a difference in the community than cleaning up a road as we usually do since it would allow us to be mentors to troubled youth as well as provide them with a cleaner building to use. It was better than simply doing manual labor and ended up being a successful event that everyone plans on doing again in the future.
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I clam down and I talk a person again.
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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.
3.
At sister in laws house. Terrible cook. No one wanted to it there. I spent time with her and decided to eat a little.
4.
In my family I faced many problems sach as domestic abuse from my father. So recently he bitten my mother again .After that I took action and I phoned to hi employer and informed about it.
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I do not engage in conflicts. Even if there is a situation I do not argue with them saying who is right or wrong. Instead I give them some time to realize and then I talk to them and explain about the whole situation and discuss with them.
Question 9 of 25
Being a volunteer, have you ever felt you work went unappreciated?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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No, its always been appreciated and well received by children, adults alike.
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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.
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No. I do my work for my satisfaction. I will continue to do my work even if I am unappreciated.
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Never, I feel like my work is appreciated more because it is coming from my heart.
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Helping others and giving back to your community is appreciation in itself.
Question 10 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Professional answer
In this line of work, my greatest weakness is caring. It can be easy to care a great deal about the circumstances involved in the people you support. I utilize strategies to keep on track and maintain focus on the larger goal of giving at a large scale.
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1.
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.
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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.
Professional answer
Absolutely! After achieving my educational degree at college, I worked in healthcare administration for 7 years. It was through a related network that I found my passion for volunteering.
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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.
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I Volunteered at Lakeview Elementary school where I learned how great it is to give back to my community.
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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.
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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.
Question 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?
Professional answer
When working with people, it is only natural that this occur once in awhile. My role is to build bridges in relationships. I preach conflict resolution based on humility and the intent to resolve problems while strengthening relationships. I encourage individuals to take pride in being accountable for their own relationships and therefore, work things out by approaching another in private to discuss the issues at hand. If necessary, I will intervene to mediate a discussion.
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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.
Question 13 of 25
Are you involved in other organized activities?
Professional answer
Yes, of course! Once a month I visit the local food bank and serve lunch to the homeless or drug recovering community. I also donate items to the Veterans as often as I can.
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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.
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I am involved in a volunteer program at JB hospital.
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Yeas I part of clubs at school like grean team, premed club,
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Yes, Ido.Involving activities like makes me confident and happy.
Question 14 of 25
Why do you like helping others?
Professional answer
Helping others is my innate nature. It is part of the fabric of who I am. I think it has a lot to do with how I was raised. My mother always volunteered her time to local causes and feeding the homeless. I was brought up with this value at the forefront of living and it has been a rewarding part of my life ever since!
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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In my blood. Family of teachers.
2.
I have been helped by charity and want to give time back.
3.
My mom has been a village health volunteer when she worked, I like help her when I free time.
4.
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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Because helping others gives you happiness.
Question 15 of 25
What do you do during your free time?
Professional answer
When I am not working or volunteering, I am usually found reading. I value self improvement and spent a great deal of time reading a variety of materials.
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I mostly read books in my free time and study for school. Or I am watching T.V.
2.
I ride horses and hike. Also read.
3.
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.
5.
Talking with friends, watch shows, studying, drawing, and sleep.
Question 16 of 25
How did you hear about this volunteering opportunity?
Professional answer
I was referred to this volunteer opportunity by Ms. Jackson, who is neighbor of your Executive Committee Member.
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I got this information from one of my friends.I got inspired by the opportunity so I searched in website and applied for it.
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Poster from the volunteer shop.
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I went here for fun and thought you may want my help.
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I am currently a part of "wise up" an high school extension of the CHRLA organization. I also run track and field.
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I explored the city website and came across this opportunity.
Question 17 of 25
Are you currently involved in any other organizations?
Professional answer
Absolutely! I give time to the local Red Cross and Mentoring program for young students in school in this area.
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Yes I am currently volunteering for St Johns ambulance on mondays from 5pm onwards.
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Yes, yearbook, choir, handbells, ensemble.
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No, I am currently not involved in any other organization.
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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.
Question 18 of 25
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.
Question 19 of 25
What skills and qualifications do you have that will help you for this position?
Professional answer
I'm excited for the opportunity to apply my past volunteer experiences to this organization. I am organized, committed and ready to contribute value at a high level to the group's success!
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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.
Question 20 of 25
Why do you enjoy volunteer work?
Professional answer
When I give, I often end up feeling like I received more in the end. With so many people underserved, it is important to take time to give. It gives me perspective and allows me to meet/help people from all walks of life.
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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.
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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.
Question 21 of 25
What kind of people do you most enjoy working with?
Professional answer
Likeminded people! And also people with different life experiences that I can learn from.
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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.
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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.
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People who are cosiderate, respectful and have a positive attitude.
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I enjoy working with other people that also care about the work that neither of us has to be in charge of the other.
Question 22 of 25
What kinds of rewards do you need to stay motivated?
Professional answer
I am internally motivated in an unusual way. A little recognition goes a long way too! It is the little things that make a big difference!
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I am not currently involved in any other organizations.
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I mostly do work for myself, so the motivation I have is to keep the children happy and satisfied at their time here.
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The rewards usually motivates me the satisfaction of my clients, peers motivation and my my supervisors appreciation.
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Apart from chocolate, the general satisfaction that you get from helping someone even if its helping them with their dinner or down the stairs is enough to tell you that you are on the right path and your doing something correct.
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Simple rewards such as saying great job, or keep up the good work.
Question 23 of 25
Why do you want to be a volunteer in our organization?
Professional answers
Your mission is to deliver resources and make a difference in the lives of those underserved. I cannot think of a better cause to be apart of and I'm excited about the opportunity to be apart of your team!
I am passionate about being in the position to help others, especially when I can utilize my skills to make a life saving difference in a split instance.
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Great mission dogs heard great things.
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I like the hospital and feel comfortable here I feel I will be a great asset to this organization.
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I heard a lots about this organization clean quick service and near by my home.
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Because I want to involve in your organization.
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Because my experience and my knowledge adapt with this position.
Question 24 of 25
What was your most rewarding experience helping someone before?
Professional answer
I worked with a mission team to rebuild the home of an elderly woman who was living under poverty lines. She became ill and needed a wheelchair ramp built to access her home and go about her day to day. This was someone's mother and grandmother. Because of our work, it is much easier to care for her and she can live a more seamless lifestyle like she did before becoming ill. We all have hardships and when people come together to enrich the lives of others, it is the most beautiful part of the interworking within a community.
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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.
Question 25 of 25
What volunteer work have you done in the past?
Professional answers
My volunteer experience includes feeding the homeless, fundraising, mission trips where our group rebuilds areas from poverty or natural disaster and time at the local youth shelter. Volunteering my time to help others is one of my greatest passions. When I give, I always feel like I end up receiving much more in the end.
I enjoy serving the under served in the community. I deliver meals on wheels to the elderly. I serve lunch at the local homeless shelter and I volunteer as a EMT.
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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.
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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.
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Other than internship at a accounting firm, I have helped work with are church in the neighborhood community.
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State park. Westernaires. Tia.
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I have volunteered at Sportsbackers, Helping Hands, and Meals on Wheels.
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