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Hull Interview Feedback SocialWork - February 11th 2009, 09:43 PM

So...I went there. There was a room to wait in. About 8 of us, both interviewees and families. Talked and asked general questions. I wore smart clothes, and looked clean, and fitted in with other people. I made sure i listened well, as well as asking questions and was generally friendly.
I SCREWED up, by bringing photocopies of certificates, instead of originals, but have posted those today.

I then got asked to go into a room. I shook the hand, and said hello.
There were three people there. I made sure I listened and responded to each of them. They asked me 6 questions.

1) Social workers role in society
2) How I would go about talking to a service user.
3) Problem I'd got over
4) Work experience
5) Would I make a good social worker. Why?
6) Why i wanted to do this course/career.

I answered them all, but jumbled the first one due to nerves. I lacked confidence, and said 'is that what you mean?' a couple of times. I answered a question wrong, then righted myself. I SCREWED up again when it came to asking questions. I asked one, then he got up to leave, as I asked the second question, I hadnt noticed him looking at his watch. Felt really stupid.

So basically. Any feedback. What i could have done better?
And for any one studying this. How would i go about answering what the Social workers role in society is? I couldnt say it properly, so any ideas?

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Re: Hull Interview Feedback SocialWork - February 11th 2009, 10:12 PM

It's natural to come out of an interview feeling as if you've done badly: almost everyone does, and yet many of the people who thought that they screwed up will receive offers. Anyway, most of the things that you think you messed up don't actually seem important. You've sent off your original certificates, so that's fixed. As for asking a second question while the guy was leaving, it may be embarrassing but it won't affect your application. Don't worry about it.

The thing is that they expect people to lack confidence, and it won't have disadvantaged you against other candidates because they'll have been nervous too, no matter what they said before or after. You righted yourself on the question that you answered wrong, which was absolutely the right thing to do. So long as you gave coherent answers, which I would guess you did, your nerves won't have mattered. The nervousness, going back over questions etc sounds pretty much like my interviews last year and the year before (long story), and I got a place both times. I obviously don't know whether you did get a place, but you did much better than you seem to think.
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Re: Hull Interview Feedback SocialWork - February 12th 2009, 09:30 AM

I can't think of a single interview that I have ever had where I did not feel that I made at least one mistake. The most important thing for you to do is to learn from it, and next interview work on the things you didn't think went so well in this one.

h is a bluebird that you see from afar
it is real and as sure as the first evening star
can't touch it, or buy it, or lock it up tight
but its there just the same
making things turn out right


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Re: Hull Interview Feedback SocialWork - February 12th 2009, 10:41 AM

Nobody expects you to be perfect either - the interviewer would have done tens if not hundreds of interviews before so they know people will be nervous about it ^_^
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Re: Hull Interview Feedback SocialWork - February 12th 2009, 12:06 PM

You have done nothing wrong, you can ask them for feedback, for future reference though. Just send a letter.
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