Non-Profit Interview Question: How Do You Work With Volunteers?
It may seem like an odd question, but many non-profits that work with volunteers ask their new hires how they effectively work with and communicate with those that volunteer their time to help the organization succeed. The goal is to see if you recognize the value of volunteers and their service, and if you have any experience working with volunteers in the past.
How to Answer
Volunteers do work that you get paid to do, but they do it for free and during their own time. They are highly valued by the companies that use them, so you should indicate that value in your answer.
“I work fine with them. I treat them like any other employee.”
In some ways this answer makes it sound like you look down on them, and even if it does not, it is somewhat boring. It does not really show the value of volunteers to the organization.
“Without volunteers, organizations like this one would struggle to move forward. I give volunteers my full attention and assistance so that they continue to feel supported and fulfilled within their organization.”
Volunteers are far too important to non-profits. They are arguably more important than your employment. Show them you value them in your answer.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Show that you value volunteers considerably.