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Social Work Interview Questions
1. What is your ideal schedule?
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Social work is stressful and difficult at times. How do you handle the pressure?
 
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I have no problem working under pressure. For example, in my previous job, there was a deadline for all documentation to be filed in the agency's database and I always met that deadline with any issue.
 
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Yes. It helps me to stay motivated and productive rather than feeling stressed.
 
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When under pressure I become very task focussed, I am able to prioitse my work and ensure the most urgent task is completed.
 
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Yes, I work my best under pressure.
 
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In regards to my past experience in working as a manager I had always worked under pressure with deadlines to meet, meetings to attend, documentation to be completed, along with going into work everyday not knowing what to expect, I had to work/think fast under pressure.
 
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How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission?
 
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This organization fits my profession because my goal is help people.
 
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I love people and children and I feel this is the best way to help keep children safe and protected.
 
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I am a quick learner and I genuinely like helping people to become the best they can.
 
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This organization's mission is to provide help to those in need and my mission is to also help those in need and be an agent of change in my clients' lives.
 
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With the education I have obtained in the past 5 years as a Sociology major, including course work in child welfare.
 
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As a social worker you need to show that you are in control and able to lead. Describe your leadership abilities.
 
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Able to take charge and initate and lead meetings.
 
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I have very good listening and communication skills.
 
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I have extensive leadership abilities in training staff and increasing program efficiency. Examples would be sharing program obstacles and successfully presenting ideas to increase and improve services for clients.
 
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I am honest, I am accountable in what I expected to do when I am expected to do it and I communicate what I expect and what is expected of me.
 
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Good work ethics, dependable, and positive regard.
 
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What are your experiences with this target population that you will be working with?
 
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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 have many years of experience working the target population and enjoyed working with them.
 
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Meeting and helping people meet their goals.
 
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My career experiences have given me the opportunity to work with diverse individuals from a variety of backgrounds to conduct assessments, utilize community resources and refer, collaborate with professionals and treatment teams in order to develop treatment plans, and support and provide counseling services to those in need.
 
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I have over 10 years of experience in working with at risk youth and families. I have helped individuals with case management to obtain services and resources to promote self-sufficiency.
 
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Tell me about a time you were in a disagreement over a treatment plan. How did you resolve the issue?
 
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When staff members weren't following what was outlined.
 
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Recently I had a client who I wanted to refer to work with our housing specialist. The housing specialist felt that the client would be better served if her case management plan worked on improving her budget instead of focusing on housing. I took to heart the suggestions she recommended and implemented them. I still however felt the client could benefit from housing assistance since her income gravely declined and her housing was unstable. I spoke to my supervisor and advocated for the referral. It was approved and I referred the client to my colleague and explained in detail why she would benefit from housing case management. Since then, the housing specialist and I have worked together to discuss how this client could be better served utilizing funding and housing search assistance.
 
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I cannot say because we never discuss treatment plan.
 
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When a service user was reacting and having side effects.
 
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I have never been in this situation before.
 
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After reviewing our job description, what do you feel makes you most qualified for this position with us?
 
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I have did case management with people who were homeless and women of domestic violence.
 
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I have one year in the field experience and a BA in Psychology.
 
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Though I have never had employment in Social work I have completed several internships in the field. I have interned in a variety of different areas including a nursing facility, big brother big sister, home health and hospice and job and family services childrens services. I have learned how to work with clients and their families how to provide them with community resources so that they are able to function more effecitenly on their own.
 
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Tell me about a time you were in a disagreement over a treatment plan.
 
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I have experience with dss and family preservation.
 
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What are your professional qualifications?
 
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I have both Bachelors and Masters in social work. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA in both instances. In addition, I have 2 years experience working to outpatient mental health clinics.
 
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In May, I will have my degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.
 
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My qualifications are assisting individuals to meet their needs in the area of social work.
 
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I possess my bachelor in Art degree in Psychology, with over seven years of experience working in a diverse setting with individuals, who come from different cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and even educational backgrounds. Additionally, I am CPR and First aid certified, and have been able to successfully pass a CORI, and SORI check.
 
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I have a bachelors in criminal justice with a minor is sociology. I have worked with kids in a mid city area, and many kids thought my schooling.
 
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How has your education/work experience prepared you for this position?
 
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My education has provided me with the foundation and concepts of social work while my work experience has solidified the concepts. In addition, my experiences have provided me valuable insight in human behavior and about unexpected circumstances.
 
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When I experience to type setting which one was with behavioral and other working with abuse.
 
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I have learned my professional values and have vast experience of of the position.
 
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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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My education has prepared me for this position by acknowledging and understanding the different types of mental illnesses and disabilities. My practicum has allowed me to have to the opportunity get the hands on experience that my regular classes could not give.
 
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What action steps would you take to remove children from an unsafe home environment?
 
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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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It would be uncomfortable for me as I know how children are attached to their family however dysfunctional it may be. However, the safety of the child is the primary concern and not my feelings thus I will act accordingly.
 
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It's part of my job and I want have a problem with doing so.
 
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I would feel obligated to protect the child and provide resources to help the child overcome trauma they've experienced. I would also be obligated to provide services to the family to stabilize the circumstances.
 
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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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Are you able to work well with a team?
 
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I enjoy working with others as a team in order to provide the best care for consumers.
 
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I enjoy working with people of all ages and gender and get along very well.
 
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I work well with others. I am approachable and reliable and go out of my way to support the agency's mission and my colleagues.
 
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Very efficiently - working as a team to benefit the students is imperative.
 
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I work well with others > I believe I have great interpersonal skills.
 
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What do you hope to accomplish at this agency?
 
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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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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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To broaden my strengths and move up the ladder and maybe become a supervisor.
 
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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 a valuable team player and be an effective social worker that bring results for the agency.
 
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How do you plan out your day to ensure that all priorities are met?
 
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It depends on the case or personal. At work, I check my daily schedule to see what needs to be done first, etc. Once I meet with a client, I would first get all required agency forms that need to be filled, signed by the client and explain what assistance I can provide, etc.
 
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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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Writing abc plan so I can have mor than one solution.
 
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I plan by doing assessments review and plan.
 
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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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What have been your most difficult type of client thus far?
 
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Sometimes I may struggle working with children as they are not able to express themselves clearly. Knowing this of myself, I make it a point to take time to understand them better.
 
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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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Really I think would have any problem.
 
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I can work with any clients but can struggle a bit with young people.
 
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What are your career goals? For the next 5 years? The next 10 years?
 
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I plan to work as long as I can. I do plan to improve on my skills set and become the most effective social worker I can be within the next 5 years. In 10 years, I plan to continue to work with higher level of responsibilities.
 
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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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I going back to college to get my phd in social work.
 
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To make things happen and change people's live and develop my professional through training and courses.
 
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My career goals for the next 5 years is to become a mental health counselor in either a school setting or rehabilitation center.
 
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How do you define success in your work and personal life?
 
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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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When I help someone to be sucessful.
 
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When able to reach a positive outcome.
 
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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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Building good relationships with service users, achieving the best outcomes for children. Getting on with my team and being motivated,
 
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Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume?
 
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I am a hard worker, great listeners, and effective communicator who enjoys helping others and have experience in working with diverse populations.
 
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I am a professional with mental health background. My goal is to obtain my Masters degree in Organizational Management or Social Work. I am career focused and passionate about my career.
 
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I am reliable punctual organized and hard worker and easy get along with others.
 
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I am motivated, confident, good listener, and can work well with others, ephathetic and I can learn quickly.
 
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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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Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organization?
 
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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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I can bring some experience what I have learn in my internship.
 
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Your values and mission of statement matches my own.
 
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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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What have been your most desirable clients in your social work career so far?
 
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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 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 enjoy working with children, teenagers and the elderly populations.
 
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What was the most memorable case you have worked on, where you felt your influence was very effective?
 
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When I worked with someone who did not trust human beings and when I worked with the person he was able to trust people and not ancious on meeting or mixing with people.
 
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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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Why are you interested in this agency?
 
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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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I work for the agency, I want to continue to grow within the agency because it helps families and it has models in place to better the lives of individuals.
 
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To be able help organization some of the problem they are having in the program.
 
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Their values and mission of statement and service user group.
 
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Because I enjoy helping others and I feel I would be a great candidate.
 
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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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Yes I feel comfortable working with adoptions.
 
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What kind of supervision do you expect?
 
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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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Informal and very relaxing and oftenly.
 
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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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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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Social exlusion and looking for activities.
 
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How do you document and track the large amounts of information that you receive in a day?
 
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I use sticky notes, to do list and list everything by priority.
 
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Record it and save it to access it when ever I need it.
 
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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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What do you hope to accomplish in your career as a social worker?
 
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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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To get all I can achieved.
 
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I hope to accomplish helping families become self sufficient and giving them needed resources.
 
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Change peoples life and achieve positive goal for service users.
 
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Why are you interested in being a social worker for this agency?
 
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Their values and mission of statement.
 
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Their values and mission of statement.
 
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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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What are your formal qualifications?
 
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I have experience with behavioral chidren.
 
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My qualifications are understanding trauma inforced care, counseling and crisis intervention.
 
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Are you able to be compassionate, yet professional at the same time? Provide an example.
 
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Yes I am able to be compassionate and yet profession for example I work with A and was able to be compassionate and yet profession.
 
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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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How would you handle visiting a family and coming to the realization that they are neglecting/abusing their children?
 
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I will be honest and telling them the child rights and safeguarding issues.
 
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I would see how my instructor want handle.
 
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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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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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In your opinion, what characterizes a good social worker?
 
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Doing my job as professional as need to do it.
 
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Social work values, motivation, confidence able to think on your feet and good team player excellent communication skills.
 
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A good social worker is an individual who can demonstrate patience, understanding and is non judgemental.
 
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How do you formulate decisions?
 
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Have a meeting the staff.
 
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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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Through effective information gathering and good assessments.
 
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Have you ever acted as a mentor?
 
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Yes when I was delivering diect observations.
 
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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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How do you show an interest and compassion in what a person is saying or experiencing?
 
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By telling them I understand what they are saying and emphathetic.
 
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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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When working with child abuse cases, what do you find the most difficult and how do you manage your emotions?
 
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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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Make show I do paper work correct.
 
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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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Emotional and empathetic.
 
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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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When working with adoption cases, what do you find the most difficult and how do you manage your emotions?
 
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Trasference and emphathetic.
 
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Already answered.
 
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I feel good inside when someone tries to help a youth out or a infant.
 
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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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What is your communication style?
 
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My work style is diplomatic.
 
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Busy with my work and reseach if less case lords.
 
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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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Have you done this type of work in the past?
 
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Yes I have done the type of work in the past.
 
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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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Only with my internships.
 
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What would you like to learn here?
 
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How this program operates.
 
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I would like to learn new skills, updated treatment, new DSM-IV reports.
 
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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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Learn more about the company mission of statement values and how they work the other agency.
 
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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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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you with your career in 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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Motivation and its key to achieve positive goals.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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I am working on the situtations dealing problem of the child.
 
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Writing fast and learning to write fast 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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What would your most recent supervisor say about you?
 
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I am a compassionate person teamplayer and hard worker.
 
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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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Yes motivated confidence, able to learn qick and can work well with others.
 
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Describe an unexpected situation you've experienced in your previous job as a social worker. How did you handle the situation?
 
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I had stay with her until she remove the children.
 
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Someone crying because of being evicted and I calm the person and find an emergency accomodation.
 
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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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How do you communicate information to your supervisors?
 
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Through email phone call or face to face conversation.
 
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Whatever new information I receive it is communicated via email and followed up on in person.
 
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Are you able to work overtime, evenings or weekends as needed?
 
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