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Q1. Tell me about yourself?

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“Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed today. I am a passionate, hard-working, honest and professional social worker who has the necessary skills, qualities and experience to perform to the standards you would expect within this role. I am an excellent communicator and listener; I am able to utilize critical thinking skills to achieve my objectives; I always ensure I follow my training and the necessary rules, procedures and legal requirements surrounding social work; and I am also someone who sets appropriate boundaries whilst building relationships with my clients and those I am working with. I am highly-organized, tolerant and will show the correct level of empathy when the situation requires it. I really enjoy my work as a social worker, and I feel if you employ me within the position, you will be happy with my loyalty, my values and also my strong work ethics.”

Q2. Why do you want to be a social worker?

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“Being a social worker comes with a huge amount of responsibility. I am someone who naturally prefers to work in a challenging role where I genuinely get to make a difference to people’s lives. You don’t become a social worker for the financial reward, and on that basis, there has to be a passion, a commitment and a dedication to social work for it to be an attractive career. I want to be a social worker because I have all of the necessary attributes and I feel I can really make a positive difference to not only the people I am working with, but also your department and the wider social work team. Over the years, I have worked hard to gain competence in the role, to build the right level of knowledge and experience, and to also ensure I am up to the challenge that lies ahead.”

Q3. What do you expect to be doing on day-to-day basis as a Social Worker?
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Q4. What skills and qualities do you have to enable you to do the job of a Social Worker?
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Q5. Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict?
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Q6. What can you tell me about safeguarding?
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Q7. Describe a time when you had to adapt your communication style to get your message across?
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Q8. How would you handle an upset or confused individual or member of a family whom you were working with as a social worker?
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Q9. Can you give an example when you demonstrated a total commitment to maintaining professional standards?
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Q10. How would you perform a ‘needs assessment’?
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Q11. What are your main strengths?
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Q12. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q13. What would you do if you didn’t get on with someone in the social work team?
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Q14. Tell me about a time when you have worked with other people to achieve a difficult and challenging task?
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Q15. Can you explain a previous stressful situation at work you encountered and how you handled it?
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Q16. How would you prioritise your workload as a social worker and how can you be sure you’ll be able to manage lots of cases concurrently?
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Q17. What do you understand by the term ‘confidentiality’ in social work?
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Q18. What are you hoping to gain from the job of a social worker?
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Q19. Tell me about a time when you noticed an individual behaving in a manner which was inconsistent with the organisation’s values?
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Q20. Do you have any experience of working within a local community?
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Q21. That’s the end of your social worker interview. Do you have any questions for the panel?
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Social Worker Job Description and Main Responsibilities


The role of a social worker is both highly demanding and rewarding. It is a job that requires a core set of skills, qualities and attributes in order to deal with the many and varied challenges presented by the role. As a social worker, you will be required to conduct assessments with adults, children and families in order to gather the relevant information, so you can then recommend the appropriate level of care or intervention. You will be required to liaise with multiple different agencies and stakeholders whilst maintain the highest levels of professionalism and conduct within the job.

The unique set of qualities and skills needed to be an effective social worker include:

  • Remaining calm whilst following strict protocol and guidelines;
  • Operating within the law;
  • Demonstrating empathy when needed;
  • Utilizing effective listening skills;
  • Setting and maintaining boundaries;
  • Completing and maintaining accurate case records;
  • Assessing for signs of abuse and neglect;
  • Liaising with other departments and stakeholders;
  • Giving evidence during trials in court;
  • Assessing the needs of clients, families and individuals;
  • Carrying out and facilitating training programmes.

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TIP #1 – It is absolutely crucial you have a thorough understand of the role of a social worker for the area or county you are applying to work within. It is also crucial you understand what you will be required to do on a daily basis, and also to have specific examples of where you have already carried the same or similar tasks to that of a social worker in a previous role. Demonstrating you have both the potential and competence to carry out the duties of a social worker is fundamental to your success at the interview.

TIP #2 – There are certain aspects of the social worker role that require a unique set of skills. These include, an understanding of the importance of safeguarding, maintaining effective boundaries and also maintaining confidence in line with the operational protocol of the department of Local Authority you are working for. Prior to your social worker interview, we strongly recommend you study the requirements of the role in regard to these important elements of the role, as it is likely you will be asked questions on them.

TIP #3 – In preparation for your social worker interview, we strongly recommend you prepare answers to all of the 20 questions listed on this page. During our extensive research into the social worker interview, these are the most common questions that are asked by the interview panel and assessors.

TIP #4 – Have three questions already prepared to ask at the end of your social worker interview. The questions you ask should be entirely focused on the role you would be expected to perform as a social worker, and also the current and future challenges the social work department are facing.

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