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Volunteer management, volunteer recruitment and volunteer recognition ideas for you!

Hi Everyone,

Here is another idea for you in volunteer management:

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT AND VOLUNTEER SELECTION INTERVIEWS

Over the past few weeks we’ve considered barriers to volunteer recruitment. These ideas are found on previous blog posts.

Now let’s have a quick look at interviews as a means of volunteer selection. Many people say that although they have forms, it is their interview process with potential volunteers that is their best selection process for potential volunteers.

HERE IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION

But here is an important question. HOW DO YOU KNOW? That’s right! How do you know that interviews are the best selection method? Has this ever been tested?

Has your group or organization just assumed that this is the best way?

IF NOT TESTED THEN ASSUMPTIONS BECOME RULES AND CHANGE TO FACTS

Now, it just might be that interviews are your best volunteer selection process. But if this is never questioned and tested, then it is an assumption. What if you tested this and found out that actually interviews weren’t that effective?

Interviews take a lot of time and energy to conduct, so what if they actually made little difference to the quality of your volunteers compared to just filling in a form? Something to think about in volunteer management and volunteer recruitment.

Enjoy!
JUDY

Dr Judy Esmond
An International Expert on Volunteering

P.S. The past cannot be changed but the future is still in your power – Hugh White

From the volunteer quotes book Beyond Just Words: 502 Inspirational Quotes for Those Who Serve

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Volunteer management, volunteer recruitment and volunteer recognition more ideas for you!

Hi Everyone,

Here is another volunteer recruitment idea for you on:

VOLUNTEERING BARRIERS AND ISSUES ABOUT FORM FILLERS IN RECRUITMENT

The previous volunteer management blog talked about using forms to select volunteers and how you might just be choosing the best form fillers as volunteers.

If you missed this volunteer recruitment idea you can read it by going to the end and click on the previous blog post to find out more.

This week I promised to give a very interesting way to find out whether you are only choosing the best FORM FILLERS as your volunteers or not.

Here’s my bright idea – TEST IT. Yes, TEST IT!

DON’T ASSUME – FIND OUT BY TESTING THIS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT METHOD

If you use forms as your main selection process, then test whether they are a useful selection tool. For the next six months have half of the volunteer applicants fill out your forms. Then for the other half of volunteer applicants do NOT have them fill out your forms (other than basic demographic information and legal forms).

Then compare how the form fillers and non-form fillers go as volunteers. Which group contributes the most? Which group is retained the longest? As a volunteer manager, you can add more of your own comparison questions for this volunteer recruitment.

WHAT IF THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE?

If you find there is no difference, over time, between the two groups, then why would you continue to use forms as your main selection process?

Next post we will share an idea with you about interviews and volunteer recruitment and selection.

You can get hundreds more ideas on volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention and volunteer recognition in the books right now.

Enjoy!

Judy

Dr Judy Esmond
An International Expert on Volunteering

P.S. Do let others know that they can also get these quick tips by signing up at the more volunteers website.

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