Sometimes, when you request volunteers, you might get more applications than you have room to host. If one specific project has received multiple applications from Experteers, here are some tips to follow to help you choose which one will be best for your organization:
Make sure to speak with your candidates before making a decision. A resume might match a position, however the ability for the host organization and the Experteer to communicate well is the most important part of working together.
Ensure that Experteer’s skills align with your needs. Although we do see original project deliverables changed slightly to fit an Experteer’s background, do not try and force-fit your needs to their skills, or their skills to your needs, if the gap is too wide.
Trying to prioritize your internal needs? Take our skills gap assessment, available in both English and in Spanish.
Stay grounded, and make a decision based on the best person for your specific project, not on the person with the most impressive CV. When you have multiple candidates, don’t only consider the person with the most experience, but rather the person whose skills will best support the specific deliverables you have outlined.