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  1. What is your ideal schedule?
  2. How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission?
  3. After reviewing our job description, what do you feel makes you most qualified for this position with us?
  4. What is your experience with the target population that you will be working with?
  5. What are your professional qualifications?
  6. How has your education/work experience prepared you for this position?
  7. What action steps would you take to remove children from an unsafe home environment?
  8. Are you able to work well with a team?
  9. What have been your most difficult type of client thus far?
  10. What do you hope to accomplish at this company?
  11. Social work is stressful and difficult at times. How do you handle the pressure?
  12. How do you plan out your day to ensure that all priorities are met?
  13. What are your career goals? For the next 5 years? The next 10 years?
  14. How do you define success in your work and personal life?
  15. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume?
  16. Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organization?
  17. What have been your most desirable clients in your social work career so far?
  18. Why are you interested in this agency?
  19. What do you hope to accomplish in your career as a social worker?
  20. What kind of supervision do work best with?
  21. Do you feel comfortable working with adoptions?
  22. What would your most recent supervisor say about you?
  23. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you with your career in social work?
  24. How would you handle visiting a family and coming to the realization that they are neglecting/abusing their children?
  25. What would you like to learn here?
  26. What is your communication style?
  27. Have you done this type of work in the past?
  28. When working with adoption cases, what do you find the most difficult and how do you manage your emotions?
  29. When working with child abuse cases, what do you find the most difficult and how do you manage your emotions?
  30. Are you able to work overtime, evenings or weekends as needed?
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Social Work Information
February 15th, 2017

As a Social Worker, you are a member of an elite group of helping professionals. You may work with individuals, couples, families or small groups. Social Workers help patients with problems such as poverty, abuse, addiction, unemployment, educational problems, disability, trauma and mental illness. Social workers provide individual, family and group counseling, case management services connecting clients with resources and service providers, and other services to empower clients to meet their own needs. As a Social Worker you help patients identify internal struggles, help them examine their relationships, family structure, community environment, and the systems and policies that impact them to identify ways to help address challenges. Social workers use a strengths-based approach while counseling patients. This technique suggests that individuals have strengths and resources and the social worker’s role is to help build upon a person’s skills and support systems.

As a Social Worker your patients and schedule can be demanding. Flexibility and patience go hand and hand in this career field. Knowing how to prioritize and complete several tasks at once is crucial to getting things done in an effective and efficient manner as a Social Worker. Your passion and empathy will show during your counseling sessions when you go the extra mile to empower others to lead healthier, more productive lives.

During your interview, it will be important to know your target population. Do your homework before this interview to know exactly what position you are interviewing for and what type of clients you'll be working with. The interviewer will be interested to know how you made an impact at your last job. Have a few short stories handy to share with the interviewer. By using the STAR method, you can cover all your bases as you would in a counseling session. Situation: Briefly describe the situation. Task: Point out the desired goal. Action: Share the steps you took to achieve the objective. Result: Describe the positive outcome. You can also share if there were lessons learned from the situation and how it impacted your last job.
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