Talking Volunteerism In an Interview
Feb 2, 2019
It always can be a tricky proposition when deciding how to present yourself during a job interview. What to talk about and when. It's no different when interviewing for a health care job. One of the trickiest aspects to bring up is one's volunteer work. Should you bring it up at all? If so, when during an interview is it most appropriate? Does it depend on actual work experience? The quality and quantity of the community volunteer work? When interviewing for a health care job, the general consensus is that it's a good idea to mention volunteerism. This especially is true if it's in the context of the health care job for which you're applying. But, to get a better perspective on this, we reached out to a couple of our Concorde resident experts - graduate employment specialists - for their opinions on how best to broach the subject of volunteerism when interviewing for a health care job.
Volunteerism when interviewing for a health care job"Volunteering can be a game changer for those with little or no experience," said Robert Gruber, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concorde's campus in North Hollywood, Calif. "If an employer can't decide between two candidates, and volunteering is on the resume or brought up in the interview, the employer may just lean toward the one with volunteer experience." Gruber said volunteer experience reveals a lot about a person's life and values.
- People that volunteer tend to appear to have their lives together enough to be thinking of others.
- They not only have compassion for others but feel compelled to take action.
- They take action where action is needed and without material compensation.
- People that volunteer are considerate of others, not thinking about what's in it for them.
- They are unusually optimistic, acting in a way to make the world a better place.