Interviews

Student giving presentation How to prepare

Once you’ve got your interview confirmed, you can start preparing! Don’t worry, with a little planning you can ensure your interview day will be a success. Here are our top tips:

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Observe the world around you. What stories and events are affecting contemporary health and social care work? What’s your opinion on the latest news?

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Research and understand the role and responsibilities of a social work professional. Could you meet the expectations? Get an understanding of Social Work England's Professional Standards for social workers and the Professional Capabilities Framework for students studying social work (particularly the 'Point of Entry' requirements. Why do you want to become a social worker? What is it about you that would make a good social workers? Remember, this isn’t a career with regular hours!

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Research the Social Work profession, its values and ways of working. Key concepts in social work may relate to equality and diversity, empowerment and inclusion. Social workers' mission is to promote such concepts and combat discrimination and oppression, while upholding human rights and the dignity of a person. These values underpin the key attributes of all social work professionals.

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Consider your own personal qualities and experience. Do you have any previous relevant experience, which may include things from your personal life? Make a list of of all your personal qualities that fit with the Standards and Capabilities; you may be surprised at the rich, relevant experiences you've had that demonstrate your dedication, care, teamwork and ability to advocate. Be honest though! Made up stories will cast doubt on your integrity - an essential attribute of social work professional. 

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Being interviewed for BSc (Hons) Social Work? If you have time, try to get some hands on experience; nothing beats exposure to a real environment working with children, young people or adults in a paid or non-paid (voluntary) capacity.

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Being interviewed for MSc (Hons) Social Work? Consider how your three month (or more) practice experience could be related to social work, and how it may inform your thinking and understanding of the profession and the people you may work with.