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Potential volunteer's name:________________________________________
Reference being interviewed:______________________________________
Daytime phone:_____________


Hello, my name is ______________________________
and I am with the ___________________________________(your organization).
Your name was given to us by _______________________(potential volunteer's name).
He/She is interested in being a volunteer with ________________(your organization).
To help us better understand where this person might fit into our organization, I would like to ask you a few questions. This call should take no more than five minutes. Is this a good time or should I call you at a more convenient time? ___________________________(potential volunteer's name) has given his/her approval of you releasing information about him/her.


  1. How do you know this person? How long have you known him/her?

  2. Please comment about this person's ability to work with other people.

  3. Please comment about his/her sense of responsibility and follow through on commitments.

  4. Please comment about this person's leadership skills, organizational skills and people skills.

  5. Are there any reasons why you feel this person would be a unsuitable volunteer to be working for our organization?

  6. Would you be comfortable having a member of your family under the guidance of this person? Why or why not?

  7. Has this person ever been convicted of a crime that you are aware of?

  8. Do you have anything else you would like to share with me about this person?


Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate your contributions.

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