Anticipating an interview for a social work position can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. However, social workers can take time to prepare for interviews by learning what employers are looking for as well as what some of the most common questions for job candidates are. First of all, those preparing for a social work job interview should take some time to research the company or agency. Do this by thoroughly reading the organization’s website and by acquiring any and all information possible to learn more about the organization’s mission statement, history, and areas of service.
Interview candidates with the MSW or BSW degree should think about how his or her talents, interests, and experiences relate to the organization as a whole, and should be prepared to share with those who conduct the interview why the organization would benefit from having this particular candidate as an employee. Before the interview, think about the types of clients you’ve served both at your internships and jobs in the past. What support systems in the community did you utilize? If you were involved in supervision or administration, prepare by writing down the tasks you performed. (more…)