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So how can you make that all important first impression?

HELS interviews impressions - documents

Make sure you bring all the requested documents detailed in your email from Admissions.

HELS interviews impressions - late
Don't be late

Promptness is an integral part of professional conduct so allow lots of time for travel and plan for possible delays.

HELS interviews impressions - dress smart
Dress appropriately

You’ll have you’ll need to dress as a professional while on placement and once you enter the workplace as a qualified social worker.

HELS interviews impressions - shake hands
Shake hands

Try to be open and confident and don’t forget that handshake!

HELS interviews impressions - recap

Bring your personal statement and ensure you’ve recapped on all the highlights.

What should you expect?


You’ll sign in at reception before being taken to the base room for your interview


You’ll be shown a presentation.


Your interview will be with at least one academic or social work professional. If users of social work services (Experts by Experience) are also going to be present you will be advised in advance, usually through your email from Admissions.


During the interview, explain why you think this is the right career for you. Apply the ‘five whys’ to explain how you would get beneath the surface to make a real impact.


You’ll need to respond to a given case study. The case study will be related to a current issues. Your response will help us to assess your communication and comprehension skills. You’ll be given a set amount of time to respond.


You will complete a set of exercises which will help assess your suitability for the role, how you interpret a situation and reflect on your responses. This takes place in three ways: essay writing, demonstrating clear communication skills and interpretation of topics; group discussion, evidencing your ability to interact in a team and show consideration for others; panel interview with service users so you can understand their requirements and the issues in play. Just remember, these exercises are designed to help you reflect on whether this is the right career for you.