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Interviewing and Screening Volunteers
Articles and excerpts on this subject
Find Ways to Screen Volunteers Despite Insufficient Funds, Time
from The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Guidelines for Using Questions in Conversation
from An Asset Builder’s
Guide to Training Peer Helpers
- Gut Feelings and Intuition from Beyond Police Checks
- Interviewer Traps from A Conversation with a Purpose: A Practical Guide to Interviewing Prospective Volunteers
of Screening Potential Volunteers, by Monika Penner,
- Screening and CRB Checks from Volunteering England
and Selecting Volunteers: Powerful Ambassadors or
Massive Headaches? , by Joe Willmore from Executive Update
- Step 2: Screening by Charles Tremper and Gwynne Kostin
- The Volunteer Application Form, from Proof Positive
- Volunteer Screening Model manual from SportSafe (BC)
A Tongue-in-Cheek Look at the Trials of Volunteering (animated 3:50 min. video): Volunteer Seeks Gig (or Even Superheroes Get the Blues) from tobijohnson.typepad.com, 2011 -- discusson starter on volunteer interviewing
Web sites with useful articles on this subject
Tips for interviewing potential employees or volunteers from the Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
10 page booklet from Voluntary Action-Leeds (UK)
MENTOR: Components of Volunteer Screening
Detailed description of the interviewing and screening process, including reference and background checks.
All about preventing child sexual abuse, with a complete section on US national fingerprint check legislation and resources.
for Interviewing Volunteers
Sample questions and other suggestions (keep scrolling through the pages) from Literacy Partners of Manitoba
Volunteer Canada's Safe Steps Screening Program
Volunteer Canada's Safe Steps Screening Program provides an easy-to-use method for organizations to ensure that the people they serve are safe. This page also links to information on laws and screening, a screening Q&A, and other resources.
Written by Steve McCurley
Volunteer Management FAQs
Site maintained by Carter MacNamara. Scroll to sections on Screening Volunteers and Selecting ("Hiring") Volunteers
Volunteer Screening Blog
This blog, on the site of a screening service, discusses a variety of issues relating to background checks and interviewing volunteers, using real-life situations.
Commercial service for conducting background checks on volunteers that includes a "best practices" resource section.
What Is Screening?
Excellent overview of the rationale for and steps of effective volunteer screening from Volunteer Canada. Includes "Screening in Faith" PDF for faith communities.
Relevant Hot Topic essays?
Online training for individuals, organizations or corporations to work successfully with volunteers. Learn more