How to Ace Your Social Work Interview
Common Interview Questions for Aspiring Social Workers
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What are your qualifications for this position?
- Tell me about an example of how you’ve worked well under pressure.
- How does the work in this organization fit your professional mission or experience?
- What are your experiences with the target population?
- Why do you want to work with this target population (e.g., children, adults, hospital patients, older adults)?
- Describe the process you go through in developing a case plan/budget/workshop.
Social Worker Interview Questions by Field
Interview Questions for Medical Social Workers
- Knowledge of current health care system.
- Experience and comfort-level with home visits.
- Crisis intervention techniques.
- Conflict resolution when a client or family disagrees over a treatment plan.
- Experience with psychosocial assessments.
Interview Questions for School Social Workers
- Deep understanding of individualized education programs (also called IEPs) and special education law.
- Experience working directly with parents.
- Knowledge of school district and community.
Interview Questions for Clinical Social Workers
- Knowledge of mental health disorders and the DSM-5.
- Current legislation related to caseload population.
- Knowledge of evidence-based treatment strategies.