If you have chosen to work in the social care industry, you no doubt want a career that will allow you to make a difference. However, simply having a passion for the job isn’t quite enough. You need to be able to demonstrate why you are the right person for the job when it come to the interview stage.
The social work industry is made up of a variety of fields so each interview will vary. But, below are a few examples of some general questions you might be asked to give you a headstart.
1 – Why did you decide to be a social worker?
This is perhaps the most obvious question but an interviewer will want to know first and foremost why a social work job is something you wish to pursue. Talk about what drew you to the industry and why you think this role is right for you. Your personal characteristics and traits, as well as your experiences, could be solid reasons why a job in social work is for you, so be sure to express where and when your interest began.
2 – What knowledge do you have about the job?
As with all interviews, preparation is paramount. Research the company thoroughly so that during your interview you have the ability to talk about why you want the role and what you can bring to the company. Maybe there’s a specific project you’d like to work on or there is a certain aspect of the role you think you would be particularly good at. This will show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest and you have taken the time to understand what the role requires.
3 – How is your experience relevant to the job?
If you are applying for a social work role, your interviewer is going to want to hear about examples of your past experiences. Maybe describe a stressful situation and how you handled it. Talk about what you did to address the situation and then how you tackled it in a professional way. In doing so, you will give a good indication of your skills and your ability to work under pressure.
4 – Have you ever dealt with conflict and confrontation?
Most jobs will answer yes to this but for a social worker, conflict and confrontation is inevitable. Similarly to the above point, you must be able to deal with situations professionally and efficiently. If you have found yourself to be in a situation where you’ve been faced with confrontation then talk about how you approached it and what the outcome was.
5 – What is happening in social work policy currently?
An interviewer might ask you this question to see how much general knowledge you know when it comes to the social work industry. This is your chance to demonstrate what you have learned while doing your research, what you know about the national policy and how you can apply this knowledge to the role.
6 – Can you describe an achievement in your social work career so far?
A social work job can be extremely tough at times but like with every role, there are highs and lows. Tell your interviewer about an accomplishment or an example of when you achieved success in your role and why it made you feel proud. This demonstrates how good you can be and how much you value a good work ethic.
7 – Which areas in social work would you like to improve on?
Nobody is perfect so make sure you are honest in your interview about where you can develop and how you would like to go about doing so. Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses will be impressive to the interviewer and will showcase your eagerness to learn and develop.
Looking for a role in social work doesn’t have to be a minefield. Contact the Time Recruitment team today and we can help you land that dream job. Give us a call on 0161 238 9770 or email us at [email protected] for more information.