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Sample Social Work Interview Questions 

  • Why have you selected a career in social work?
  • What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?
  • Have you had the experience of working with people of a race or sexual orientation different from yours?
  • Do you feel you can be objective in counseling a teen about abortion?
  • What do you think of the welfare system?
  • What is your philosophy of social work?
  • What techniques do you use in crisis intervention work?
  • What kinds of things go into a psychological assessment?
  • How do you describe your personal boundaries?
  • What do you think of the recent welfare changes?
  • What do you think is going to happen in the field in the next five years?
  • What are your thoughts on managed care?
  • Are you a member of any professional organizations?
  • How would you handle a psychotic outburst in the clinic waiting room?
  • In terms of family therapy, what is your theoretical orientation?
  • How do you handle termination?
  • Do you believe in short term or long-term treatment?
  • Think of a client you have liked/disliked and tell me how you dealt with the counter transference issues.
  • Are you sensitive? Are you intuitive?
  • Are you an active listener? Are you able to engage clients?
  • This position requires a lot of independent thinking and initiative. There is minimal supervision. Could you handle that?
  • What kinds of problems do you like to handle? Can you give me an example?
  • What kinds of problems are you good at solving? Give me one example.
  • How would your weaknesses interfere with your ability to do this job?
  • Would you rather draw up plans and design a program or be responsible for implementing a program? Why?
  • Knowing what you know now, is there something you would do differently in the management of one of your fieldwork cases?
  • What do you judge to be your major successes or accomplishments in your fieldwork? How did you achieve these?
  • What major disappointments/failures have you had in fieldwork?
  • Are you prepared to make home visits?
  • How is your previous experience applicable to the work we do here?
  • Why have you selected a career in social work?
  • What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker?
  • Have you had the experience of working with people of a race or sexual orientation different from yours?
  • Do you feel you can be objective in counseling a teen about abortion?
  • What do you think of the welfare system?
  • What is your philosophy of social work?
  • What techniques do you use in crisis intervention work?
  • What kinds of things go into a psychological assessment?
  • How do you describe your personal boundaries?
  • What do you think of the recent welfare changes?
  • What do you think is going to happen in the field in the next five years?
  • What are your thoughts on managed care?
  • Are you a member of any professional organizations?
  • How would you handle a psychotic outburst in the clinic waiting room?
  • In terms of family therapy, what is your theoretical orientation?
  • How do you handle termination?
  • Do you believe in short term or long-term treatment?
  • Think of a client you have liked/disliked and tell me how you dealt with the counter transference issues.
  • Are you sensitive? Are you intuitive?
  • Are you an active listener? Are you able to engage clients?
  • This position requires a lot of independent thinking and initiative. There is minimal supervision. Could you handle that?
  • What kinds of problems do you like to handle? Can you give me an example?
  • What kinds of problems are you good at solving? Give me one example.
  • How would your weaknesses interfere with your ability to do this job?
  • Would you rather draw up plans and design a program or be responsible for implementing a program? Why?
  • Knowing what you know now, is there something you would do differently in the management of one of your fieldwork cases?
  • What do you judge to be your major successes or accomplishments in your fieldwork? How did you achieve these?
  • What major disappointments/failures have you had in fieldwork?
  • Are you prepared to make home visits?
  • How is your previous experience applicable to the work we do here?

  

  


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