Glasgow 2014 kicks-off search for friendliest faces

THE FIRST full day of interviews took place on Tuesday as Glasgow 2014 continued its search to find the 15,000 friendliest faces to volunteer during the Commonwealth Games.

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After receiving and carefully sifting an incredible 50,811 online applications, around 25,000 people have now been selected for interview at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow.

Invitations to attend an interview will be sent in phases so it could still be a number of months before some applicants hear back.

Up to 15,000 successful applicants will be given the chance to help deliver the Games next summer, the largest sporting and cultural event ever staged in Scotland.

Those chosen will receive full training in the lead-up to the Games across a range of general and specialist roles.

From now until December, Glasgow 2014 will interview around a thousand people a week with the interviewers themselves all volunteers.

Around 300 people have already been selected as volunteer frontrunners who will conduct up to 150 interviews a day between them in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Valerie Mitchell, Glasgow 2014 head of games workforce, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the public response to our recruitment drive for volunteers and after more than 50,000 applications it was a tough process halving that number to select people for interview.

“We want the interview process to be as enjoyable as possible for people and have a number of special surprises for applicants on their interview day. The interviews are an informal opportunity for people to talk about themselves and why they want to be a part of the Games.

“Not everyone who is interviewed between now and December will be successful, but we will be stressing that there will be other opportunities to be involved in the Games in future.”

She concluded: “It is important to remember that those conducting the interviews are themselves volunteers and we are grateful to them for helping us find up to 15,000 friendly people who can proudly represent Glasgow and Scotland at Games Time.

“The Games would not be possible without the contribution of the volunteers. Full training will be provided for every role so that those chosen can be confident of being equipped to help put on the biggest show Scotland has ever staged.”

Andrew Miller, 44, from Inverness, is one of the volunteer frontrunner interviewers. He explained: “There are about 300 of us acting as volunteer interviewers interviewing the would-be volunteers. A couple of years ago I was involved in the London 2012 Olympics volunteer interviews.

“It’s not a job interview, it’s much more to do with showing people your skills and what kind of personality you have. We will be welcoming thousands of people to Scotland so it’s about finding people with a confident, friendly character.

“It’s interesting to see a few people have come dressed in suits, but actually that’s not that necessary for this, it’s more about whether you feel comfortable dealing with people. You have to be skilled in certain areas for some roles, but mostly it’s about your personality.”