Talking Volunteerism In an Interview
Jan. 24, 2018
It always can be a tricky proposition when deciding how to present yourself during a job interview. What to talk about and when. Itâs no different when interviewing for a health care job. One of the trickiest aspects to bring up is ones 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 itâs a good idea to mention volunteerism. This especially is true if itâs in the context of the health care job for which youâre applying. But, to get a better perspective on this, we reached out to a couple of our Concorde resident experts â graduate employment specialists â 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 jobâVolunteering can be a game changer for those with little or no experience,â said Robert Gruber, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concordeâs campus in North Hollywood, Calif. âIf an employer canât 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.â Gruber said volunteer experience reveals a lot about a personâs 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 whatâs in it for them.
- They are unusually optimistic, acting in a way to make the world a better place.