When Volunteer Interviews Go Wrong! - Episode One
The Young Volunteer
Mavis is a Volunteer Coordinator in a hospital and is interviewing for volunteers. Tracey is called in for an interview. Tracey is 21.
Mavis: Well thank you for coming in to see us
Tracey: Thanks for giving me the time
Mavis: You are rather young aren’t you?
Tracey: Er…please don’t hold that against me (Nervous giggle)
Mavis: No it’s just that most of our ladies are retired. So what are you doing at the moment?
Tracey: I’m currently in between jobs
Mavis: Well that could be a problem
Tracey: Why’s that?
Mavis: Well, we find that the young ones only stay for a short time and then leave when they get a job
Tracey: The young ones?
Mavis: That’s right. So you can imagine the frustration for us as the young ones are hard to rely on
Tracey: Ok..so you don’t take on young people?
Mavis: I am not saying that. We just need people we can rely on. So what is your motivation for volunteering?
Tracey: Well, to be honest I am finding it hard to break into the workforce at the moment and I thought volunteering would be a good way to keep up my skills, to use my time creatively and to give back to the community at the same time!
Mavis: Well we can’t offer you a paid job
Tracey: I wasn’t asking.
Mavis: And how long could you commit to the role?
Tracey: Well obviously finding employment is a priority but I would like to find time to do some volunteering even when employed
Mavis: I see. I’m not too sure that you would like our role
Tracey: Well I saw the role on your website and it sounded interesting.
Mavis: Well, our ladies are great at talking with the patients. As most of our patients are elderly I don’t think you would have anything to talk about with them
Tracey: I beg to differ
Mavis: Look, I think we are after volunteers with more life experience
Tracey: Why don’t you come straight out with it?
Tracey: You are not recruiting young people
Mavis: That’s our prerogative
Tracey: Isn’t that discriminatory?
Mavis: Now listen here young lady. Its that type of attitude from young people that gets you nowhere. I am sorry but this interview is over
Tracey: Well, I shall be contacting your management about this
Mavis: Go right ahead. I’ve being coordinating our ladies for 10 years now and they will back me up!
Tracey: We shall see
Mavis: I suggest you get some manners and then you might get a job!
Tracey: Bye Mavis