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[Feb. 6th, 2013|05:16 pm]
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I have a job interview for a foster care case management position tomorrow. I'm really excited because I've just finished uni and this is exactly what I want to be doing. However, I've also never been to a social work job interview before- all my previous jobs have been in casual retail, food service and auditing. I really want to be prepared and do the best I can do so I need your collective help.

a) What kind of questions would they ask in a case management or social work job interview? I've googled it and I have a basic idea ( but any further information would be awesome. Will they ask me trick questions? Are there any key answers I should give?

b) Interview goes for 2.5 hours. I think it's a group interview but if it's a one on one, why will it take two hours? If it's a group social work interview, any ideas of how it will work? Group activities? Round circle? (Any advice welcome).

c) Any other miscellaneous job advice? When they ask me about my interests (if they do), should I just admit I'm a nerd whose hobbies include history, reading, science and the X-Files?

Any advice, as I said before, is welcome. Help!

[User Picture]From: xanya
2013-02-06 10:19 am (UTC)


As a social worker doing casework, I can tell you they'll ask you what kind of theories you like to work from, how you manage competing demands (SO COMMON in casework), some kind of scenario about initial assessment, probably some questions about self-care strategies (i.e. how you look after yourself), something about team work... I haven't been to an interview in over a year, but I think those will definitely come up.

Have never heard of a group social work interview so I can't help there. Good luck with it! Try to be confident and to really listen to all the parts of the questions they ask you. It's fine to get them to repeat it. Learn about the area (foster care) and the other local services in the area that you would be expected to liaise with as part of your job.

I hope it goes well!!