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Social Work Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical Social Workinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Social Work interview questions:

  • What do you hope to accomplish at this agency?
  • What would you like to learn here?
  • Have you done this type of work in the past?
  • What issues might you have with [adoption, for example]?
  • What schedule will work for you?
  • What are your career goals? For the next 3 years? The next 5 years? The next 10 years?
  • What are some of your strengths? Some of your weaknesses?
  • How do you define success for yourself?
  • How do you plan?
  • What is your work style?
  • How do you work with others?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to juggle your regular responsibilities and deal with a sudden priority?
  • Are you a leader ... a follower?
  • Describe the process you go through in developing a [case plan, budget, workshop, contract, or marketing plan, for example].
  • What is your ideal position and career path?
  • Is there anything you would like to say to close the interview?
  • What is your understanding of service delivery in [a particular field or region]?
  • Tell me about a time you were in a disagreement over a treatment plan.
  • What has been your experience with agency paperwork and how do you feel about it?
  • How will you deal with the dual-relationship issues of working in a small community?
  • How do you handle shifting priorities and working in a fast-paced, pressured environment?
  • What is your experience with writing quickly, under pressure?
  • What do you do to keep track of a lot of information at once?
  • How would you go about locating community resources in a neighborhood in which you have no relationship?

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