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Q1. Tell me about yourself?

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“I am a positive person who genuinely believes you get out of life what you are prepared to put in. I am a very giving person who enjoys working alongside other like-minded people who want to make a difference in the work they are doing. Over the years I have gained lots of transferrable skills and qualities that I feel would be suited to the position of volunteer. I am considerate and caring; I am a good communicator; I am a good organizer, and I work well as a supportive team member. I appreciate you get lots of people applying to volunteer but my own values, my work ethic, and my genuine passion for wanting to help make a difference help me to stand out. If you take me on, I promise to be a committed volunteer who acts as a positive role model for your organization and what you stand for.”

Q2. Why do you want to become a volunteer?

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“I want to become a volunteer because this is a cause I am very passionate about and I am looking to make good use of the time that I have available. I want the skills, qualities, and attributes I have built up over the years to be put to good use, and working as a volunteer will help me to achieve that goal. I am also at the stage in my life where I want to gain different experiences working for an organization that genuinely wants to make a difference. Being a volunteer will be hugely rewarding, and whilst I know it will be hard work, I will get to work alongside other like-minded people who are all striving to make a positive difference in everything they do.”

Q3. Why do you want to volunteer for our organization?
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Q4. How do your core values align to those of our organization?
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Q5. Which aspects of being a volunteer will you like and dislike the most?
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Q6. What relevant experience do you have that will help you be a great volunteer?
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Q7. How do you see yourself fitting into the volunteer team that is already established here?
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Q8. What makes a good team?
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Q9. Give me an example of a situation where your listening skills proved crucial to a positive outcome?
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Q10. How much time would you like to volunteer?
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Q11. What are your strengths?
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Q12. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q13. Why do you think this volunteer opportunity is a good match for you?
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Q14. How do you deal with confrontation?
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Q15. Can you give an example of a time when you had to prioritise different tasks?
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Q16. Would you consider yourself to be a leader?
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Q17. Can you tell me about a time when you dealt with a difficult situation?
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Q18. What experience do you have of maintaining confidentiality?
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Q19. That’s the end of your volunteering interview. Do you have any questions?
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Skills and Qualities Needed to be a Great Volunteer!


So, you want to become a volunteer? That’s great news, and whilst it is a very exciting thing to do, we need to make sure you have the necessary skills, qualities and attributes to do the job properly! The following is a list is just some of the skills and qualities needed to be a great volunteer.

RELIABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY

Before you apply to become a volunteer, think carefully about the hours you can commit to. Remember, the more hours you can dedicate to volunteering, the more chance you have of success at your interview!

COMMUNICATION AND LISTENING SKILLS

To be a great volunteer you will need to be a very good listener and be able to show empathy, understanding and compassion!

PROBLEM SOLVING CAPABILITIES

When you are working for a community organization or a charity, problem solving skills are very important. Whether it’s trying to raise funds for a charity, or even trying to find a venue to hold a fundraising event, you will need to demonstrate resilience and be capable of solving problems quickly and diligently.

RESILIENCE AN DETERMINATIION

Charity workers and volunteers are renowned for having resilience and determination in abundance. When working for a charity or a cause, you will need to be passionate enough to carry out your duties to a high standard to enable you to achieve your goals.

TEAMWORK

Some charity or volunteering roles require an ability to work alone. However, in the majority of cases, a volunteer will work as part of an already established team. Make sure you demonstrate during the interview that you have the experience and skills needed to work as part of a team!

VOLUNTEERING INTERVIEW TIPS! HOW TO PASS A VOLUNTEER OR CHARITY JOB INTERVIEW!

Regardless of the charity or organization you are applying to work for as a volunteer, the following five tips will help you to pass your interview. Make sure you read the tips and then implement them into your pre-volunteering job interview!

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW TIP #1

Before your attend your volunteering or charity job interview, make sure you read the mission statement and the values of the organization you are applying to join. This will have you something to talk about when they say to you: Why do you want to volunteer here?

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW TIP #2

We can guarantee that you will have to answer the interview question: Why do you want to be a volunteer? When responding to this question, give genuine and valid reasons for wanting to become a volunteer that focus on any or all of the following:

  • Making a positive difference within the local community;
  • Helping achieve a goal or a cause that you are passionate about;
  • Helping other people to lead brighter futures;
  • Using the skills and experiences you have gained to good use;

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW TIP #3

Communication skills are vital if you are to become a volunteer. Think of previous situations you have been in where you have utilized effective communication and listening skills to achieve a positive outcome.

 VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW TIP #4

Prior to your volunteering interview, draw up a list of the skills and qualities you have that will be useful in the ole. The following list of 8 volunteering skills and qualities will definitely be useful in all volunteering and charity roles:

 Teamwork;

  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Empathy and understanding;
  • Compassion;
  • Listening skills;
  • Passion, drive and commitment;
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW TIP #5

At the end of your volunteering interview, you will have the opportunity to ask some questions of your own. The following questions are good ones to consider asking:

  1. What are the plans for the charity over the next few years and what could I do to help you achieve your goals?
  2. How often do you hold fundraising events?
  3. If I am successful and I get to become a volunteer, what’s the first thing you would need me to concentrate on?

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