How to Find the Right Volunteer


Have you ever hired the “perfect” employee only to find that they were not a good fit? Or maybe you found your right hand volunteer, but they turn out to be the complete opposite? 

 

What happened? Did you miss something or they just that good in the interview?

 

It may be that they were not a good team player. Most leaders look at talent and skill as the key variable for success. We forget that being a good team player is just as important. Team players add value to your team and they will last longer.

 

What are the factors in a good team player? In his book, The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni offers three elements to find your next volunteer, employee or leader. Below each element, Lencioni offers some interview questions to help you identify these traits. 

 

1) Humble:

This is no “I” in team. This is a person who is over themselves. They are willing to serve, share the credit and not concerned about status or ego. Lencioni argues that this is the most important quality of a team player.

 

  1. Share a one of your greatest accomplishments in your career. Listen for “we” statements over “I” statements. 

  2. Share an embarrassing moment or failure in your career? How did you handle it?

  3. Share how you handle giving or accepting apologies.

 

2) Hungry:

These are people who want to achieve and want to do more. They want more responsibility and don’t need to motivation from the manager or leader. 

 

  1. Were you a hard worker as a teenager? Explain. 

  2. What’s the hardest you have worked on to accomplish something?

  3. What are the general hours that you tend to work?

 

3) People smart: 

This is not intellectual smarts, but rather being socially adept with others. They know how to handle different kinds of people in different situations. They can have good conversations by asking questions and listening well. Some would say it’s being emotionally intelligent. 

 

  1. How would you describe your personality?

  2. What kind of people annoy you the most and how do you handle it?

  3. What do you do that people close to you may find annoying?

 

Think through your current employees, volunteers and leaders. Do they have all three of these traits? Look for these three things as you look for your next team mate.  


SAM YOON IS AN ADULT PASTOR AT SADDLEBACK CHURCH NEWPORT MESA. SAM HAS OVER 11 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY (IRVINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MARINERS AND SADDLEBACK CHURCH)  AND LOVES HELPING PASTORS AND CHURCH LEADERS FLOURISH. SAM IS ALSO A HOST OF THE NEXGEN LEADERSHIP PODCAST.