Our population is getting older, global economic, social and intercultural problems are on the rise and the social differences are alarming. Therefore, social workers are as needed as ever. According to the statistics from June 2013, social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States.
If you want to get this job, you should know what to expect in an interview, what questions they will ask you and how to answer it. SocialWorkInterviewQuestions.com will help you with this task.
Job, or a mission?
Before we start to talk about various interview questions, we should have a look at the most important principle every social worker should be aware of. It is your point of view on the job in this sphere. Social work is not only a job. It is your mission. Or at least, that is the way a good employee should feel it.
Good workers like their jobs and feel good about daily life, as they understand the value their work brings to the society.
Social workers should never work only for money. They do their job, because they see a meaningful purpose in helping the others. Anytime being interviewed for any position in social sector, you should always present this opinion in an interview. It should be reflected in your enthusiasm and motivation to do the job.
What questions to expect in an interview?
Everything starts lightly, with few general questions. Hiring managers want to hear something about you. You should talk about things that are related to the job, relevant things. For example your education in social field, your experience, your core values and opinions you have. They will give you also couple of general social work interview questions, such as:
- Why do you want to work on this position?
- What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?
- Why did you decided for this specific filed of social work and not for another one?
- Why should we hire you for this position?
- What characterize a good social worker from your point of view?
- What do you consider your strengths and your weaknesses as a social worker?
When asking you these kind of questions, employers observe your gestures, your non-verbal communication, your enthusiasm, listening abilities and many other things one can observe. They try to asses the way you will talk to clients. Therefore, you should not underestimate this part of an interview. Oppositely, try to be focused, listen carefully and speak to the point. Try to stay calm, professional, but be enthusiastic about the job at the same time.
Once the first part of the interview is over, you will be confronted with several behavioral questions. Interviewers ask you about some situations from previous working experience. They do so, in order to predict your behavior in the future. I suggest you to think about your previous working experience in deep and to find both positive and negative situations that have happened to you on the workplace. The following questions should help you to prepare well:
- What do you consider to be your major successes and accomplishments in your last job? Who did help you the most to achieve it?
- What was your biggest failure in social work so far?
- Think of an aggressive/angry client from the past. How did you deal with the situation?
- Think about conflict situation form your last job. How did you solve the conflict?
- Describe a situation when you did something more than expected from you as a social worker.
- There are always cases we can do nothing about. Describe me such a case from your experience. What have you tried before giving up?
Behavioral questions can vary a lot, depending on a specific job you apply for. However, it is good to think about your previous jobs, just to be ready to describe some situations and answer their questions. In fact, employers are verifying facts on your resume too!.
If a candidate does not answer behavioral questions, they can easily doubt his real working experience. Please, do not forget on it…
Last stage of an interview consists of specific questions, or if you want technical questions. These are related to a specific job you apply for and people a chosen applicant will work with. Here are some examples:
- What is your opinion about young generation?
- What do you consider as good topics to talk to old people about?
- How would you get closer to our target group, as a human being?
- If a client does not understand even a simple language you use, what would you do?
- Are you prepared to make home visits?
- Are you prepared to work overtime?
- Here is a problem we have. Prepare a solution and describe it to me. You have ten minutes for preparation.
Role-plays have become very popular in all sort of job interviews. Social work is no exception. Especially in private institutions, interviewers use it pretty often. It is also quite common in agency recruitment. The interviewer plays a client (or brings one to the room), and you need to “perform your job” straight there. The guide on how to ace a role play exceeds the content of the free part of this website. However, I can give you at least few hints:
- Be yourself. Do not try to be a different man, just adjust your behavior a little to the situation.
- Accept the role play. Some people refuse it in an interview. It is a big mistake. If you refuse to do the tole play, they won’t give you a job.
- Take it seriously. I know it is only a play. But anyway, you should take it as seriously as ever, because it is a part of your interview. And many times it is the most important part of the process… Do not forget on it.
So, that’s it. You will find answers to many interview questions on our website. We hope that it will help you to ace your interview and start your mission as a social worker. And if you want to do more than the others do, consider purchasing our Social Work Interview Package. You will outclass the other job candidates and get a job. Thank you!