Interviewing Volunteers

If you’re like me, you are totally excited when someone comes up to you and says they want to volunteer. I automatically say, “Yes! You’re in!” “By the way,” the new volunteer says, “I’m an axe murderer!” Oh…

Most of the time, we have the volunteer in the door before we are able to know anything about them. I’ve learned not to rush the process and to give myself a chance to get to know the perspective volunteer. There are a lot of things I want to know to make sure of the following things:

  • They are a good fit on the team.
  • The gifts they possess to put them in the right role.
  • Their motivations for being a volunteer.

I always recommend interviewing anyone that wants to volunteer for your ministry. (By the way, we should also be doing background checks on volunteers as well, especially if they are working with people under 18 years of age.) Here is a list of questions that I have found helpful to get the information I am looking for.

  1. What were some of the things you liked about your last volunteer job?
  2. What skills would you most like to use in your volunteer work?
  3. Are you comfortable in leadership roles?
  4. Do you enjoy serving on committees?
  5. What do you dislike doing?
  6. What work settings appeal to you?
  7. How much time would you like to donate?
  8. What do you need from us to succeed?

Sure, there are other questions I ask when I am getting to know them. I always want to know about their family, their background, etc. But I find these questions get to the heart of helping me work with them to find a volunteer role that fits well.

What are some questions you like to ask when you interview a volunteer?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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