20+ TOP Social Worker Interview Questions & Answers
1. Why do you want to become a social worker?
To make things better, to help the others, to make a difference in this world. This should be your aim and your answer to this interview question.
2. Why are you applying for a job in our institution?
You should be aware of the problems in the institution, before the start of the interview. To mention that you are aware of the concrete problem and believe that you can be the right person to solve it is actually a good answer. Just do not forget to be specific when answering this question. If you apply for a job at school, mention that you are good in dealing with problematic students and like to communicate with the youngsters. You should simply adjust your answer to the exact role you are applying for right now…
3. What is your experience with the targeted group?
Clever applicant will not only list his related experience, but also mention specific achievements from his job. Did you help a child to change his lifestyle? Did you help the sufferers to find new hope? If yo did so, do not hesitate to mention it in the job interview. You can even become a little emotional. It is okay in this type of job interview. And if you touch the emotions of the hiring committee, your chances of being hired will increase immediately.
4.How do you imagine your normal working day?
The key is to answer it with a list of duties. Present yourself as someone who wants to work and who has always something to do in the office. You can mention for example that if there are no duties, you plan to study and research to make the plans how to make things better in the institution and for the targeted group.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Honestly, there is not too much space for career growth on social work positions (may be different is some social institutions though, but the exception just proves the rule). That is why it is advisable to simply say that you would still love to do the social work in which you see meaningful purpose of your life.
6. How would you build relationships with the target population?
This is one of more difficult social work interview questions. However, to mention that you always try to think on the same wavelength and look at the situation from the point of view of the other person is definitely a good base for an excellent answer.
7. What would you do to solve conflict situations with the others?
First of all, you should mention that you do your best to avoid conflicts at all. As a social worker, you try to be as calm and focused in your job as possible. This is what the employers want to hear from you.
8. What Is The Role Of The Social Worker With Pain Management?
• Be familiar with the Federal regulations for pain management in F309 Quality of Life.
• Assessment using tools like the “faces” scale, the “number scale 1-10” or scales for advanced dementia.
• Assessment by asking about: aggravating and alleviating factors, impact of pain, meaning of pain, and most importantly, the resident’s goals for pain management.
• Education regarding: misconceptions related to pain, challenges to achieve adequate pain management, the relation of pain to behaviors/mood, definitions of tolerance, addiction and dependence.
• Identification of non-drug interventions and techniques to relieve anxiety (guided imagery, visualization, muscle relaxation).
9. Where Do Social Workers Work?
• Family agencies.
• Children’s aid societies.
• Mental health settings.
• Addiction treatment facilities.
• Correctional facilities.
• Seniors’ services.
• Grassroots social action organizations.
• Government offices.
• Social planning councils.
• Employee assistance programs.
10. Why Should I Consult A Social Worker?
Social workers provide a variety of services, including:
• Individual, family and couple assessment and counselling.
• Mediation/alternate dispute resolution.
• Custody/access assessments.
• Employee assistance programs (EAPs).
• Career/employment counselling and placement.
• Vocational assessments/rehabilitation.
• Stress management.
• Counselling for eating disorders.
• Grief, loss and trauma counselling.
• Addictions counselling.
• Mental capacity assessment.
11. Who Consults A Social Worker?
People from all age groups and all walks of life consult social workers. Social workers provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and corporations.
12. Do You Know Where Do Social Workers Practice?
Social workers are found in many settings, including private practice, mental health, health, schools, community agencies, public welfare, agency administration, legislative services and policy and planning.
Social work’s approach is unique among the helping professions because it focuses on people’s problems in the context of their social environment. Social workers believe that people are influenced by the strengths and weaknesses of those around them – in their families, communities, workplaces, and organizations.
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13. Do You Know What Is The Master Of Social Work (msw) Degree?
The Master of Social Work Program prepares students for advanced direct professional practice with individuals, families, households, groups, organizations, and communities.
Students learn the clinical, organizational, policy and administrative skills necessary for promoting social and economic justice and enhancing the quality of life for all people through agency-based, culturally sensitive advanced professional practice.
14. Tell Me What Social Workers Do?
According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), social workers help people overcome social and health problems, such as poverty, mental illness, child abuse and neglect, emotional instability, illness, economic uncertainty, domestic violence, homelessness, and drug abuse.
They work directly with individuals, couples, families, and groups to identify and overcome these problems. Some social workers also work with communities, organizations, and/or systems to improve services and/or administrate social and health programs. Social workers apply their professional knowledge and skills to help people make the most effective use of their own abilities. When adequate services do not exist in a community, social workers promote the development of new services and programs.
15. Do You Know What Is The Mission Of Social Work?
The Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers states:
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
16. Why Do You Want To Work As Social Worker?
Assess for sincerity
17. What Makes You Competent To Do This Job?
• Someone who exudes confidence but not arrogance
• Someone comfortable jumping into new environments but also
• willing to ask for help
• Skills – be specific
• Training – be specific
• Experience – be specific
• Personality, personal goals, passion – describe
18. How Do You Give Report To A Health Plan Case Manager?
► Be prepared with updates from all disciplines (nursing, rehab, dietary) Focus on progress to justify skilled stay.
► Keep conversation short and focused on patient issues.
► Keep case manager updated on all discharge planning barriers/challenges.
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19. How Do You Prepare To Interview A New Resident/patient?
• Advance directives
• Responsible parties
• Diagnoses and impact on mood/behavior
• Discharge planning issues or placement issues if for long term care
• Issues from the hospital such as mood or behavior challenges
• Review of nursing assessments, especially fall, pain and elopement risks – ensure care plans are started
• Identify areas that the social worker can contribute to an interdisciplinary approach to care plans
• Therapy evaluations to get information on the prior level of functioning and goals
20. How Do You Explain Code Status To A Resident And/or Family Member?
• First ask if they have questions regarding advance directives or code status
• Ask them to explain their understanding of the choice, either full code or do not resuscitate (DNR)
• Ensure accuracy of understanding
• If education is needed, explain full code in the same way that any other treatment or procedure is explained which includes discussion of risks (broken ribs, punctured lungs, probably decreased quality of life). Inform that Full Code includes many procedures, i.e. intubation, cardiac compression, artificial ventilation, etc.,
• Take the orange card to the meeting as a visual aid
• If education is needed for DNR, explain that comfort care is always provided, i.e. oxygen, pain management
• If code status is changed, must communicate with the charge nurse to get appropriate orders and follow facility procedures.