Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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?


Mavis: What?


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







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