Volunteer Coordinator Interview Questions

Volunteer Coordinators source, recruit, organize and retain an awesome volunteer pool.

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Volunteer Coordinator interview questions

High-potential candidates are inspirational leaders, passionate about working with people and have experience as volunteers themselves.  They are awesome communicators, believe in your company’s mission and ask spontaneous, thoughtful questions.

Top tips: 

  • Look for experience: A degree isn’t necessary but look out for candidates with social studies or HR experience. Volunteer Coordinators come from all backgrounds, ranging from volunteer coordinator to operations management. 
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Problem solving interview questions

  • How would you encourage volunteer diversity?
  • How would you communicate the impact of volunteers’ work in the community?
  • What would say if a committed volunteer decided to quit?
  • How do you motivate/reward unpaid volunteers?
  • What would you do if an enthusiastic volunteer lacked time-management and organizational skills?
  • If you were lacking in volunteers, would you take any person who applied? What would it take for you to refuse a volunteer?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What drew you to apply for this role?
  • How would you rate your leadership skills?
  • Is our mission important to you and why?
  • How will your experience help you ace this role?
  • What’s your database experience? How would you use a database to recruit volunteers?
  • How would you track volunteers?
  • When would you conduct a background check?
  • What’s your training experience?
  • What software does a volunteer coordinator need? 
  • What do you need to create a volunteer schedule?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Have you ever dealt with an argument between volunteers? What happened?
  • Tell us about a time you found it difficult to stay motivated as a volunteer. What did you do? What would you do as a volunteer coordinator?
  • Describe a time you had to work with too-few volunteers. How did you manage?
  • Describe the most successful project/event you’ve coordinated.

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