How To Prepare for a Social Worker Job Interview

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How To Prepare for a Social Worker Job Interview

 

There is a current demand for social workers. 

Employers are looking for a particular criteria when it comes to recruiting social workers. This article will teach you how to prepare and approach your next social worker job interview

 

 

 

 

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Social Worker Job Interview Assessments 

 

There is now a number of assessments, as well as the traditional interview question and answer sessions, for social worker recruitment.

 

Your first task, if it is not explained in interview offer email, is to find out what assessments you will be asked to complete. Often you will be given a number of cases that you have to prioritise before explaining your reasons behind your decision. Some social worker interviews will invite clients to be on the interview panel, this is to check your communication and interaction with the client group.

 

Social work is a stressful job due to the demands put on you. To check how you manage stress you maybe given a group exercise to solve a problem in a particular time frame. The idea behind this interview task is not to see if your solve the problem or not, rather they are looking at your approach to problem solving.

 

 

 

Key skills you need to discuss during the interview 

 

 

As a social worker you will have a wide variety of skills and experiences. It can be challenging deciding which skills and experiences to highlight as part of your interview answers.

 

We have met with a wide range of social worker recruitment managers and asked what they deem most important. They said the key social worker skills you must discuss are;

 

  • assessment skills
  • assessing risk
  • demonstrating your values and work ethic
  • giving real life examples
  • explaining the theory behind your answers
  • managing stress
  • prioritizing
  • your under standing of serious case studies
  •  explaining how what you do has a positive impact

 

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Common asked Interview questions for a social worker interview

 

  1. give me overview of your social work experience to date
  2. what social worker qualifications d o you have
  3. how do you prioritise your caseload
  4. discuss a real child protection case you were involved in and the outcome to the case
  5. how do you manage your time between recording cases on the database and working with your caseload
  6. what legislation are you familiar with and how does it effect your role
  7. how to you continue to develop your skills
  8. how would you handle a situation where a client you were working with told you that they fancied you
  9. what are the first things you check for when you start to work with a new family
  10. do you have any questions for me

 

 

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Sample Interview Questions and Answers

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The key preparation for a job interview is to create a list of sample interview questions. From this list, you can create strong job interview answers by tailoring your experience, skills and qualities to that of the job specification.

 

Your sample interview answers need to do three things; one – inform the interviewer that you have the required skills, two – show enthusiasm and passion, three – highlight a unique selling point.

 

This is even more important when you are asked curve ball interview questions, these are job interview questions that sound random, but in actual fact have a hidden meaning.

 

Below you find 10 sample curve ball job interview questions and answers

 

 

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Sample Job Interview Question 1 What is your experience in this role?

 

At the interview start all employers, even those who use tricky job interview questions, will at the interview start ask you an open question to get you talking in a relaxed state. A question relating to your experience allows you to cover your whole career – start with a short summary “I have worked in this sector for X years…” continue by explaining 3 key achievements and finish the interview answer by discussing the key reason why you want to be hired for this position.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 2  What did you dislike about your last position?

 

When asked a negative based question it is easy to feel uncomfortable. Instead reframe this question to highlight one of your key strengths. Start by stating the problem and end with your strength “having a delicate task that needs to be completed in less time then would be required. What I do in this situation is (add key selling point/strength) ..” and finally end by stating the idea scenario “..ideally I like to plan…”

 

Sample Job Interview Question 3 Give an example of a problem you have had in a workplace?

 

The problem you choose should have no direct association with yourself, rather it should be a company problem. State the problem, explain what you did to overcome the problem using the 3 step approach and end with explaining the positive outcome from your solution, ideally making this relevant to the organisation you are applying to.

 

 

 

Sample Job Interview Question 4 Explain what you will be doing in 5 years time? 

 

Job hopping is becoming highly popular. Employers are concerned that good staff will take a better paid job within a year or two. Make it clear to the employer that you are here to stay.  You can achieve this in two ways. First by explaining how this career is the career you have always wanted, and how the career meets all of your employment criteria, you love this job so much that if you were employed in another sector, you would most likely volunteer in a similar role (don’t get to carried away!!). Or two, you can discuss how you have always wanted to work for their company. The reputation of the business is so good, that you have even turned down a higher paid position to work here.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 5 Why should we higher you over the other candidates? 

 

This is your time to shine. At the interview stage of the application process, your competition will have similar experiences and qualifications. You need to state something that you have, that others don’t. Think about what makes you unique, your key strengths,  the thing that will add value to this new organisation. Don’t be shy here, really big yourself up, make sure you stand out from the recruitment crowd.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 6 Name your favorite color and explain why you like this colour? 

 

This question (and similar questions) is more common then people realise. Colours have unconscious meanings; red = danger and blue = calmness and yellow = warmness. In the workplace think about the emotional environment you will be working in and use a colour that best describes the ergonomics of the workforce. In the finance sector you may say “green as this is the colour of money and profit” in a customer service role, you may answer with “yellow as this is the colour of a warmth and friendliness”

 

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Sample Job Interview Question 7 Name 3 things you would take with you to a deserted island? 

 

Logical based interview questions are asked in many professional, high salary roles. The answer to the question often isn’t as important as your approach to answering the said question. Don’t just jump into an answer, instead state your reasoning “when in a survival situation it is easy to think about making a raft, a signal fire or shelter, but logically you will be in this situation for a number of days and weeks. A lack of water is the biggest killer without water you die within 3 days, without food you die in 2 weeks, which shows that water is more important then food…”

 

Sample Job Interview Question 8 How many grids are in London?

 

Many data, mathematical and engineering companies will add math based questions during the interview process. Again the answer isn’t as important as your approach. Explain how you would approach the problem you are face with, this shows your approach to stress and puzzles “let’s say in the average square mile of London there are  98 grids, we can times this number by the amount of square miles in London….”

 

 

Sample Job Interview Question 9 If you were an animal what animal would you be?

 

There are lots of variations of this and other creative job interview questions. Often interviewers not only require skills, they also want to hire someone with a suitable temperament, personality and motivational traits. An employees work ethic and values can be just as important as a candidates experiences and skill base. First think about the environment of the workplace; a team environment (pack animal) do you need to a good memory (elephant) is the employer looking for a fun employee (monkey) or someone who can blend in (chameleon) or someone loyal (tortoise – explain how you will stay with the company for many of year) Choose a relevant animal with a desired skill or personality trait.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 10 What questions do you have for me?

 

Always have at least 3 job interview questions to ask the employer. A focus on this stage should be on the environment of the organisation. Good interview questions to ask include questions on the company growth or expansion, questions on personal development and training and questions on company values, staff retention and company achievements.

 

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3 Job Interview Mistakes You Make Without Knowing You Are Making Them

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3 Job Interview Mistakes You Make Without Knowing You Are Making Them

 

As an interview coach in Manchester I have completed thousands of mock job interviews, analysed the common interview errors and helped failed applicants create job interview success.

 

This is because most interviewees make mistakes in the job interview without even realising  they are making these common interview errors. Have you ever walked out of a job interview feeling on top of the world, as the interview went better then you thought it would, only then to be sent a interview rejection email?

 

By being aware of these 3 common job interview errors you will then have the conscious choice to make a change in your next job interview.  Remember if you continue to interview in the same way, you will get the same result.

 

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Job Interview Mistake 1

 

Talking about the organisations achievements, not yours.

 

One of the biggest mistakes interviewees make is not making it clear what they did to achieve a successful outcome. A large amount of job interview questions will be “give me an example of….”

 

Often, the best way to answer this is question is with a story or example. The problem here is that many interviewee use generic stories  which are ambiguous in terms of who created the successful outcome.

 

When answering these type of interview questions you need to make it really clear that it was you who 1) had the idea 2) took action 3) made an impact in the positive outcome

 

 

Job Interview Mistake 2

 

Focus on the little things.

 

Many job applicants only spend around 45 minutes preparing for the job interview, compared to successful interviewees, who on average, spend around 4-5 hrs.

 

Due to this lack of preparation, many failed interviewees, only focus on the big task, IE Googling common asked interview questions, reviewing their CV, etc

 

With more interview preparation time you can take your job interview to the next level by focusing on the little things. It is these little tweaks that have a real impact in the job interview. The tweaks could include changing the words used in your answers for power words, adding gestures to your answers creating real impact and having a focus on how you use your body language to compliment the tone of your job interview answers.

 

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Job Interview Mistake 3

 

Add value

 

We know that most successful job applicants are successful because throughout the job interview they highlight passed experiences and successes. But what is missing, or what you can add (that has a massive influence in the job interview) that others don’t is how you can add value to their organisation

 

It is taken as red, that by stating you have done X, that you will do X in the new company. But to influence people, to make the interviewer have a real emotion attachment to you, you need to state that “if I worked for you I could implement the same process which will increase your profits while saving overhead cost”

 

By stating what you do is more powerful then stating what you have done.

 

 

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Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer

Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer 

 

To prepare for a procurement job interview you first need to predict the job interview questions. To do this simply read the job spec and turn each duty or essential criteria into a job interview question. Below we have predicted 10 interview questions for you, for a procurement officer

 

 

 

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Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer 

 

Interview Question 1 tell me about your experience as a procurement officer and the required skills you need to be successful in this role.

 

Interview Question 2 how do you deal with a supplier who states that your order will be late?

 

Interview Question 3 What is your approaching when dealing with a disgruntled customer?

 

Interview Question 4 how do you review your performance?

 

Interview Question 5 how do you negotiate successfully with a supplier?

 

Interview Question 6 are you enthusiastic and a good team player?

 

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Interview Question 7 give an example of taking the initiative

 

Interview Question 8 what skills do you need to be a procurement officer?

 

Interview Question 9 how will you make a really impact if you were successful?

 

Interview Question 10 do you have any questions for me?

 

 

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5 Things to Do After an Interview that Helps You Seal the Deal

5 Things to Do After an Interview that Helps You Seal the Deal

 

 

The three step process of searching a job includes:

  • Drafting a perfect resume
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Post-Interview Follow-Ups

The first two steps are conventional and you prepare according to the job you apply to. Done with the job interview, now what’s next?

Once you have shaken hands and parted ways, you do not just have to sit ideal and wait for the employer to get in touch with you.

Here are five things you should be doing after an interview that help you get the job.

 

 

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#1 Write a Thank You Note

 

Firstly, when in an interview remember to collect business cards from each member that you meet in your process. The best way to follow up is to write an e-mail within 24 hours of the interview. Your follow-up mail should be drafted in a job letter format starting with acknowledging each one of them for their time and then reiterate why you are the perfect fit for the job.

Use this follow-up email to thank the interviewers for the time they invested in meeting you, express what interests you in the position and anything you feel led to a personal connection during the interview process.

Another quick way to leave an impressive mark in the minds of the interviewers, leave a hand written thank you note followed by a follow-up email in a week’ time.

 

#2 Judiciously Connect Online

 

It might be tempting to connect with everyone that you have met with online. Do so, but make sure that it does not leave an impression of you stalking them. Check their online presence before you reach out sending those requests. For example, someone you met at ABC organization has more than 500 people on his/her LinkedIn account implies that he/she is open to accept requests. On the other hand, there might be someone with a private account. So hold yourself there, before you send out a request.

To be on the safe side, it is better to follow people or the organization on Twitter. It displays that you have a keen interest in the company. Keep Facebook for friends and family. Connection professionally on Facebook might turn the tables around for you.

 

 

#3 Follow-Up Again

 

It can take a while to get a response from the employer after you have had that interview. The reasons can be many. If this is the case, you should consider following up again. But make sure that you have something new to offer each time you write a follow-up e-mail.

You can look out for a piece of news or what’s happening in the related industry and share it in a small follow-up note.

#4 Keep Those Notes

 

It is important that you have a track of job openings you pursue, the resumes sent and the contacts you have made through an application. Once you are done with an interview, take out time and make notes listing down the people you met, the conversation you had and what remarkable you learned through the process.

Additionally also keep a note of the impressions you made and any concerns or questions you would like to put up to the employer when given a chance.

 

 

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#5 Make a Call

 

Communicating electronically has become the norm these days. The extent is to the level that some people today think that a phone call will intrude their time. So, when you call someone make sure that you are considerate and careful both at the same time.

Recall, if they told you to call or drop an email. If not and you have already tried to get in touch through an e-mail without any response, before calling think about what you are going to say. It is better to practice before you make the call.

Finding a job is not an easy task. If you get an opportunity, make sure you use it to the fullest. Some annoying things candidates do in name of follow-up can harm the chances of you making it to the job. Here is a list of things you must not do definitely to keep your chances high.

  • Following-Up too much
  • Changing the salary expectations after the discussion
  • Acting like you have the job
  • Skipping the thank you note
  • Bringing up other job offers

 

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3 Body Language Tricks to Make The Interviewer See You As Confident

3 Body Language Tricks to Make The Interviewer See You As Confident

 

Confidence in the job interview is everything.

 

Even if you feel nervous you need to, externally show confidence

 

These clever body language tricks will help convince any job interview that you are one hell of a confident interviewee

 

 

 

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Job Interview Confidence Trick 1

 

 

This visualization trick is used by actors

 

 

As you walk into the interview room, the interviewer will look up from his desk and make an opinion about your level of confidence from your posture

 

To create a positive posture, imagine that there is a piece of string dangling from the door frame of the interview room. It is long enough to touch the very top of your head. As you walk through the doorway, imagine lifting your head and straitening your back, so your head just reaches the bottom of the string.

 

This will help you to create a confidence looking posture, influencing the job interview

 

 

 

Job Interview Confidence Trick 2

 

Is that Dave? God i’ve not seen you since school

 

 

Whenever you meet an old friend who you havent seen in ages, you instantly smile, a big bright smile.

 

 

A big smile makes the friend feel warm and specially. When in an interview situation, wait until you walk through the doorway and then smile a big bright smile at the interviewer, imagine that the interviewer is an old friend. This smile will create rapport, likability and you will be seen as positive, approachable and confident

 

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Job Interview Confidence Trick 3

Talk with your hands

 

Nervous and shy people keep there hands down their sides, it’s as if they want to make themselves look small, unnoticeable.

 

Confident people will express themselves and communicate with words and gestures. Don’t only does a person who talks with their hands increase communication they look more confident and relaxed

 

 

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Change Your Language Change Your Interview Stress Levels

Change Your Language Change Your Interview Stress Levels

 

 

Job interviews are really stressful, but are more more stressful by the language the interviewee uses when trying to motivate themselves

 

The actual words we use when talking to our-self has a massive impact on your emotional well being. Our internal dialog is created automatically, by taking control of your personal language, you create interview confidence, reducing job interview stress

 

Here are 3 simple ways to reduce job interview stress by choosing stress reducing words

 

 

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Speaking in the Third Person

 

Stressed and anxious interviewees use associated language “I have to answer all the interview questions…” Is this is said from a negative perspective, the visual imagery you create from these words increases stress.

 

Self-distancing helps you to control your thoughts and emotional response. By using disassociated phrases the stress impact lowers “Chris has to answer all the interview questions..” you change your perspective, changing your response and behavior

 

To lessen stress, think about the phrasing of yourself talk. Become aware of the “I” you are using, and repeat the same phrase replacing “I” with your name

 

 

Strong and Weak Words

 

When preparing for the job interview it is easy to fall into the trap of using weak words that dint motivate

Take these 2 examples;

  • I’m going to try and pass the job interview
  • I will pass the job interview

 

 

Woulds such as “try” “maybe” “want” don’t create the feeling of commitment. By replacing these weak words with commitment statements you are more likely to achieve your goals

 

When feeling committed to a passing a job interview, your stress levels naturally drop as you have  a positive focus which creates interview confidence

 

 

 

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Language and Perspective

 

Interviewees often focus on the negative reasons why they need to pass the job interview

 

The way you phrase your reason for attending the job interview will create stress or desire. Most people phrase their job interview goal in the negative stating the thing they want to get away from “I don’t want to be unemployed…”

 

What you say to yourself, your reason for the job interview, is represented by visual imagery. This image creates an emotional response, either positive or negative and only positive emotions help you to relax in the job interview, increasing confidence

 

To increase job interview confidence, reframe your negatively phrased goal positively “I want to gain a job with a pay rise”

 

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