Top 45 Social Work Interview Questions

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1. Describe your leadership abilities.
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2. How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission?
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Helping others, finding out their needs and doing my best job is what I will strive for as a social worker.
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This organization will allow me to professionally help others as well as grow intellectually to serve my community.
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Social work is a dynamic filed , where sitiuation has no limite and any specific condition because every individual is unique and diffrent formeach-other so evry social worker should be learn the varity of experiance which are related to the humen behaviour , psychology and reaction towards any action. It will help to become world class proffestion . And it can be only possible when you can work with differnt proffestion setting and community .
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I work well with others and I continue to grow in my education in Social Work.
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I have a double bachelors degree and 15+ years of experience working with families in need.
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3. What schedule will work for you?
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I am flexible to the need of the facility.
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I am flexible to hours and needs of oorganization.
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I am flexible in my schedule. I can adjust my hours according to the comapnys need for me.
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I am very flexible in meeting the needs of the agency.
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I have an open availability to coincide with agency hours.
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4. Do you work well under pressure?
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I can handle stress and pressure, however most important thing to remember is make sure the families needs are met and child is safe.
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5. What are your experiences with this target population that you will be working with?
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My experiences with the target population is that,some do not follow doctors prescription. Some tend to have a negative attitude towards the social worker. Again,language barrier may also be a problem.
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I have experience working with population sustaining acquired brain injury either trumatic or nontraumatic. working with these people I found it is a sudden loss in their life, need to aspect in many aspects of their lives, which can cause frustration anger, grief, depression. As a social worker my job was to prpvide education, counselling and resource counselling to help them regaining control over their lives and to help them going back to community as a full citizen. Thus my treatment plans also included liaising with team members, clients and families and community agency. I believe my clinical experience is transferable to this demographic as well.
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I have experience working with disable individuals, the mentally challenged as well as diverse population in reference to their needs.
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I was born on the reservation and I have worked with a diverse population which I have not a problem with at all. I have experience working in these targeted areas. I have worked with many families helping with barriers.
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The experience that I have consists of informal counseling, interpersonal skills and patience.
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6. What are your qualifications?
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Masters in social work.
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I have finished my masters of Social workersrecently.
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Masters in human services.
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I have a masters in human services and enjoying working with diverse populations.
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I have a double bachelors degree in Human Services and Voc-Rehab. Services.
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7. How has your education/work experience prepared you for this position?
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Learning to buiild a rapport wwhich is very important when working with the diverse population.
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I got the specefic knowledge I needed to be able to do this line of work.
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I was in retail all through college and have dealt with customers, this should give me an edge in dealing with clients as a social worker.
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My education and experience will allow me to help clients in providing the best services available for them.
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I have a bachelors degree in Human Services with a major in child welfare. I have been a case manager for seven years as well as well two years in preventive services working with substance abusers.
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8. What are some of your strengths? Some of your weaknesses?
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I am a good listener. I am able to remain calm in a crisis. I can quickly assess a situation and make a thorough assessment of what action needs to be taken.
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I am a sensitive person than taking things to heart.
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Time management,consider urgent cases and important cases within planning working conflicts.develop further it skills if reqired within role.
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My strengths are that I am a good listeners as well as effective communicator in dealing with societal issues as a whole. My weaknesse is that I am a work aholic.
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Some of my strengths are punctuality, organization and communication. Some of my weaknesses are I
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9. How would you feel if you were asked to rescue a child from an abused family?
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I would feel obligated to provide a service for the child. Perhaps an intervention in the family could lead to a healthlier family situation and healthier family relations.
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If I was asked to rescue a child from abuse, it would be my obligation to do so as well as try to provide services for the family to become more productive with correct interventions.
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If it is something that I had to do to maintain the safety of a child then I would have to do it.
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10. What do you hope to accomplish at this agency?
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I hope to work extremely hard by being panctual, honesty, considerate and work with team members amicably.i will ensure that my work is done to the highest standards as well as guiding my practice with policies, legislations, social work theories and methods.
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I hope to be part of the agency is providing services to consumers and grow in this field.
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To broaden my strengths and move up the ladder and maybe become a supervisor.
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I hope to learn all there is within this position. I would like to remain a part of the agency ad eventually move up within the organization, stay within management and eventually work in policy and procedures.
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11. How do you work with others?
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Why are you interested in this agency?
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How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission or experience?
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I am open-minded and very approachable I believe that everyone has something to offer and eachone can learn from eachones experiences. therefore, I belive in team work where conflict can arise but viewing it as positive thing and an opportunity can help in lerning most within a collaborative wok environment.
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i work very well with others. it make the job better and you can learn from the person that your working with and they can learn from you to
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How do you work with others?
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12. What are your career goals? For the next 5 years? The next 10 years?
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I career goals are to learn and grow in this facility. Therefore, I hope to be able to move up in the next 5 to 10 years with the training and skills I acquired.
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My career goals are to become more expereinced in this position so I can climb the ladder to something more exciting.
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I would like to be a social worker for this department until I retire. This is why I went to college for my bachelors degree, to become a social worker, and this opportunity would be outstanding for me.
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My career goals for the next five years is to grow within my new position. In ten years I would like to move up in upper management and work within administration devising policy and procedures for Professional Standards.
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13. Tell me about yourself?
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It terms of education I graduated my Bachelors degree in Social work in Philippines,I enjoy working with different group of people in assisting them in thier Social issues, livelihood program, facilitating the community about resources and services available that might suit thier needs like for example taking birth control pills for family that cannnot afford to raise chhildren,educating them about the problem in the community,
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I have good communication skills and I am a very organizes person.
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I am an active listener, quicky thinker, passionate and easily engageable. I tend to procastinate on writing reports but have learned the quicker I tackle the rpeorts and more than one at a time the more time i gain at the end.
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I have been in social work for the last 16 years. I started as a caseworker at CPUs and my recent experience has been in school social work for last ten years. The reason i particularly enjoy social work is for the opportunity to help make a difference in a child's life.
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Since i was a child, i always wanted to help others. i enjoyed cooking, feeding and washing my nan.wen i started teaching, i formed a club to donate food and money for the opharns. when i relocated, i worked with disabled indviduals as a personal carer and support worker. i have a passion of helping vulnerable people. these roles together with my studies developed and strengthened my skills and social work knowledge.
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14. What types of clients do you struggle working with?
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I have worked with all populations. I have challenged with the developmentally disabled due to them needing more attention medically and physically than others.
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15. How do you define success for yourself?
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I define success as seeing positive outcomes arising for situations which may or maynot be favorable.
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Building good relationships with service users, achieving the best outcomes for children. Getting on with my team and being motivated,
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I am mayank pawar & i had done my engg. from IIT pawai in computer science & engg. stream. I am basically from guwahati & my hobbies are listening music.There are total 6 members in my family incluiding me.My father is bussinessman.My strength is my positive atitude along with dedication,calliber.My weak point is that I am irritate when I see mismanagement.
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I define success as growing professionally within my career as well as being able to obtaining the degrees needed.
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16. Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organization?
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I want this job in order to better serve my community as well as working with an organization who care about homeless, abused, disabled, and misplaced workers.
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I want this job because my focus is to work with the families opposed to just individuals. I want to help families become independent. want to work with this organization because I have been here for four years and very positive setting.
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17. What types of clients do you enjoy working with?
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I enjoy working with all types of clients as I feel each client brings something different to the table. However, if I had to choose I would say I enjoy working with adults and children who may have a physical or intellectual disability. This is one reason that I believe I am a good fit for this job.
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I enjoyed working with adult and children with disability.
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The client I like working physical and mental abuse.
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The client I like working physical and mental abuse.
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I enjoy working with children, teenagers and the elderly populations.
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18. What was the most memorable case you have worked on, where you felt your performance was very effective?
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The most memorable case had been my treatment resident who was very angry and disrespectful. I felt I was most effective with him because he made visible progress and was able to communicate with his family how he was feeling and he thanked me for it.
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19. Why are you interested in this agency?
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I am interested in the agency for the resources and services provide to clients who need assistance.
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Why are you interested in this agency?
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The agency has a proven track record servicing the homeless population and, continues to meet the needs of te community.
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Because I enjoy helping others and I feel I would be a great candidate.
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This agency provides services to the community and helps those at risk stay in their homes safely. My grandfather was at risk when he was still alive and actually benefited from these services. I would like to continue to help others in the a he was.
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20. Describe a social problem and the way you collect information to establish a problem solving model.
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A social problem would be families losing their home. A way to collect information would be to reach out to closest family members about their situation, inquire if they are already or have been in the system and find temporary housing for them.
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21. What kind of supervision do you expect?
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Periodic supervision from my superior. I will respect their criticism and decisions, as it will only help me become a better social worker.
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I expect the supervision to be open and fair based upon policies and procdures of facility.
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I expect close supervision due to this is a new position and it is a little different than my present position. I would like to know what my supervisors expectations of me will be.
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22. How do you plan?
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i priority the hardest task first on my agenda
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I plan through having an outline planner of responsibilities and prioritize them according to their importance and needs.
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I am very organized. I use calendars planning a day or two ahead for meetings and deadlines that need to be met.
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23. What do you do to keep track of a lot of information at once?
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If someone is telling me something, I pull out a notepad and make notes of what we are talking about. If it is something already written, I like to highlight important areas. This helps me mentally organize the information.
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I use sticky notes, to do list and list everything by priority.
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24. What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?
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I hope to accomplish helping families become self sufficient and giving them needed resources.
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I want to help in the development of young personalities. Young children are faced with such adversities now. I want to help children find the right direction and pursue life in positive ways that will help in their development to adulthood.
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25. Do you feel comfortable working with adoptions?
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I have never worked with adoptions directly through an agency how I did go through the process with my mother who is a foster parent. So I would say I am quite comfortable.
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26. Tell me about a time you were in a disagreement over a treatment plan.
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I can not remember a time I was in disagreement however what I can state is during treatment team the psychologist would give additional information or suggestions towards a treatment [plan to better work with the resident.
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27. What characterize a good social worker from your point of view?
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A good social worker is an individual who can demonstrate patience, understanding and is non judgemental.
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28. Are you able to be compassionate, yet professional at the same time?
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I feel I am able to be the two. It is important to realize that at times you may need to tell clients something that makes them upset. I feel I would be able to tell a client any news necessary, but do so in a kind way and comfort them as necessary.
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29. What are your qualifications?
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My qualifications are understanding trauma inforced care, counseling and crisis intervention.
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30. What would you like to learn here?
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I always am willig to learn more maybe on how on handlind different sitations that I never expereinced before.
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I what to learn all that I can in order to be the best social worker and advocate possible for the agency.
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I would like to learn new skills, updated treatment, new DSM-IV reports.
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31. Why are you interested in this agency?
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I am interested in this agency because my degree is in child welfare and I want to use my degree along the lines of child welfare and social work.
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32. What issues might you have with adoption?
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I think one of the more upsetitng aspects is seeing children be passed by - when an adoptive family can't be found for them for whatever reason. I find it particualarly sad when siblings are separated simply because people don't want to adopt the older child. Placement breakdowns are obviously extremely upseting and damaging for children - which is why it's so important to undertake thorough assessments.
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I feel good inside when someone tries to help a youth out or a infant.
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Already answered.
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33. What issues might you have with child abuse?
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I will deal with child abuse according to policy and procedures with proper training by the agency.
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If I were to visit a clients home and I suspected child abuse, or elder abuse, I would go back to the agency and consult with my supervisor. I would then make a report to DSS per the state law. I would not let the suspected abuse or results of an investigation interfere whit my helping the clients.
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I have been in this field for over ten years and I have seen many children who have been abused and it always seem like the first time. My issues is I do not like it and If I can assist in protecting another child from being abused then I will.
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34. What are your experiences/qualifications for this position?
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What qualifies me for the position is my education and over ten plus years in this field, continued training and research.
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35. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness had been public speaking. However I have spoken to my supervisor about it and he has allowed me to facilitate groups learining to overcome shyness and stuttering.
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36. Do you have references? How would your references describe you?
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I do have references. I would hope they would describe me as a professional who truly cares for the population I serve.
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37. Describe an unexpected/stressful situation you’ve experienced in your previous job as a social worker. How did you handle the situation?
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An unexpected stressful situation had been when I was the only supervisor on dyty monitoring a bulding of 50 youths, three departments and short staffed. How I handled it was to remain calm and communicate with the staff that was on duty pulling together to have a successful shift.
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38. How do you communicate information to your supervisors?
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Whatever new information I receive it is communicated via email and followed up on in person.
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39. What is your work style?
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I can work independently or as a group depending on what task are put before me. My work style is versatile to the need of the agency.
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My work style is diplomatic.
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40. How do you show an interest and compassion in what a person is saying or experiencing?
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With active listening, show that I am paying attention and that can be paraphrasing wht a person is saying without interrupting them.
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41. What is your greatest strength? How will it help you do social work?
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My greatest strength is interpersonal skills and communication. It will help in my approach with the family.
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42. Have you ever acted as a mentor?
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Yes. I have worked with teen mothers in a residential home providing guidance and independent living skills.
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43. How do you formulate decisions?
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I usually discuss the matter with my friends or husband, depends on the importance of the matter. I will approach my senior or supervisor for some critical decisions.
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Carefully. I try not to make snap decisions. I try to get others point of views and what would be best for the situation at hand.
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44. How would you handle visiting a family to realize they are neglecting/abusing their children?
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I would use proper assessment and interventions to deal with the family. Therefore,I would be aware of what resources are avaiable and go for there.
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I try not to upset them but I would look at the children leave the home contact my superiors and then the police.
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45. Have you done this type of work in the past?
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Only with my internships.
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I have worked with displaced individuals, mentally challenged, etc. My training and skills allow me to be a great candidate for this type of work.
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