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.
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