Mentor Recruitment | Aspire
This section contains some tips for mentor recruitment. It may vary depending on which target audience your potential mentors belong to. Click-on mentors were all UNSW university students, therefore this section of mentor recruitment only targets university students as mentors. However, you may find that some of the tips can be adapted to suit your own needs.
Marketing and Promotion
- Design a catchy and informative flyer. <Click here to see a sample flyer>
- Create a webpage with an online application form
- Speak at careers fairs or forums – the more you stand in front of your target audience to talk about the program, the more chance potential mentors will apply
- Post on Moodle notification boards – the majority of Click-on mentors in 2017 found out about the program on their Faculty Moodle notification board
Ensure the application process is simple and straightforward – potential mentors will lose interest if it is too hard or takes too long to apply!
After receiving the application, it is a good idea to conduct a one-on-one interview with potential mentors for the initial screening process. You will be able to assess them on their communication skills and suitability of becoming a mentor.
Ensure that the mentor interview is not too long. Interview questions should succinctly gather the information you need for matching. During the interview, it is a good idea to explain the program aims and structure to the applicant again. Where possible, have training dates ready to suggest to applicants. This will save a lot of time trying to schedule training dates down the track. You can ask applicants to write down the suggested training date into their calendar and they will be contacted to attend should they become successful to be a mentor. Remember to update applicants if there is a big gap between the interview and the training date. <Click here for a sample interview form>
Child Protection measures
As a child protection measure, mentor applicants should either undergo a full police check or a Working with Children’s check. Some other organisations also conduct reference checks on mentor applicants.
Consider implementing monitoring and support processes during the program for further child protection measures. For example, Click-on Mentoring online sessions were conducted during school hours where mentees were supervised in the classroom by a teacher. The Mentor Coordinator could enter the chat rooms if required and was able to access the transcripts.
Child protection screening measures vary depending on which State you are in. It is worthwhile to conduct a risk assessment of your program to determine what type of child protection screening needs to be undertaken. For more information, visit The Australian Youth Mentoring Network.