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The different types of interview questions to expect when applying for a volunteer coordinator job

Written by James McBryan

Your resume looks good on paper, so they decided to call you and schedule an interview. Now you just have to be prepared to answer any question that comes your way, have examples, and be even better in person than on paper to get the job.

No pressure, right?

I mean, this is only the most important part of landing a dream job.

Now if only you knew exactly what they’re looking for. That’s why we are here. We’ll share with you the types of interview questions to be prepared for, some examples to practice with, as well as what the hiring manager is specifically looking out for.

Types of volunteer coordinator interview questions

Role-specific questions - These questions are geared towards your experience and how it could be used in this specific role. Examples of interview questions include: 

  • How does your experience make you right for this role?
  • What’s your experience in training volunteers/employees?


Operational questions - These types of questions help the employer understand what plans you have if you receive the position. Examples of operational questions include:

  • How would you promote the recognition of volunteers’ work in the community?
  • If you didn’t have enough volunteers, would you take any person who applied? What would it take for you to refuse a volunteer?

Situation questions - These questions are used to see how a candidate would handle a hypothetical challenge that could occur. Examples of situational questions include:

  • Imagine one of the most committed volunteers tells you they want to quit. What do you say?
  • Imagine you have one volunteer that is the most liked by others and most active in your organization, but they do not follow the rules and are spreading negativity around to other volunteers. How would you handle the situation?


Behavioral questions - These questions are a great way to see how you have acted in previous situations in the past, and for many people are a way to see how they will respond to similar situations in the future. 

  • Recall an instance in your time as a volunteer when you found it difficult to stay motivated. What did you do? What do you think a volunteer coordinator should have done?
  • Describe a project/event you coordinated successfully


What are they looking for in a volunteer coordinator?

Keep in mind when answering these questions, that the manager is looking out for particular things, good and bad. No matter how good you looked on your resume, this is where the manager is really determining whether you’ll be a good fit or not. They may not ask you about these things directly, but from your responses, they can come to certain conclusions on their own. So make sure that when answering your questions, you’re thinking about the following. 

Strengths: What do you offer that’ll make you excel in this role?

Weaknesses: What do you lack that will hinder you from performing your best during challenging moments?

Leadership style: How will your leadership style differ from what the volunteers are used to, and would it be a good fit or will it push volunteers away?

Culture fit: Would you fit in with the current culture and organization atmosphere or would it be a difficult transition?

Red flags: What are some things that could pose a concern to the manager?


Do you know what traits will cause a red flag?

A good volunteer coordinator is someone who is great at relationships, handles conflict well, and is also detail oriented. Based off that, here are some red flags that you want to make sure you don’t have: 

  • averse to conflict
  • disorganized
  • so focused on the details, that it takes priority over relationships
  • afraid of networking and meeting new people
  • don’t align with your organization’s
  • don’t care about the cause, but just the job

If any of these traits describe you, it may be worth reconsidering how good of a fit you are for the position. 

We hope this series has provided some valuable insight to help you land your dream job as a volunteer coordinator. If you get the job, please let our team know! We’d love to hear from you. And feel free to look at all the other volunteer resources we offer on our site or join our Volunteer Coordinator Resource Group on Facebook