Questions for Interviewing New Adult Volunteers
Making interviews an effective part of volunteer screening
These questions are directed at interviews for potential new section Scouters. Some of the questions may not appear to be appropriate if someone is volunteering for a different position, such as a Group Committee position. However it is advisable to ask these questions (or modified versions thereof) since the individual may become a section Scouter in future years.
- What made you decide to get involved in Scouting as a (insert volunteer position: section Scouter, Group Committee role, etc.)?
- What is your understanding of what Scouting is trying to accomplish?
- What previous experience do you have working with youth or a youth organization?
- What did you learn from that experience that you can apply here?
- What aspects did you like the most/least?
- Were you involved in Scouting as a child? Which sections? What did you like most/least about it?
- What are the key things you can contribute to Scouting and the youth?
- In what ways will you be a role model to the youth?
- How do you see yourself fitting into the team of adults that run the program?
- How would you handle a disagreement over the program among the Scouters?
- What would make this Scouting year a successful year for the troop? For you?
- What do you look forward to doing this year?
- Tell us about your approach to discipline.
- How would you handle a youth who is consistently disruptive and/or abusive towards others?
- Tell us about a difficult discipline situation you faced and what you did to handle it.
- How would you deal with a parent who disagrees with the program and/or interferes with it?
- Give the interviewee a copy of the document "Keeping our Kids Safe: Duties of Adult
Volunteers" and ask them to read it. (They should keep their copy
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