An interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills and understanding of the role you have applied for. We at Avinucare have been recruiting managers ourselves and also continue to work with our clients regards their expectation from interviewees. It is important to present yourself as a professional capable of delivering the role you have applied for.
Below are some of the things that may help towards your preparation.
- Research the role you have applied for.
- Take time to research the organization, what it does and its offices. Each social care employer would have its own service structure. Use the internet, in a few hours you would have a good picture of your potential employer.
- Find out what the format of the interview would be to be for warned, is it a I: I interview or a panel, would there be any exercises or discussions
- Update yourself with recent news and development in your profession, it shows your interest and awareness of current issues.
- Revisit your story! Review your CV and refresh yourself on the details, reminding yourself of your skills, knowledge and experience gained so you can confidently answer about yourself and link them to practice examples.
- Question such as, ‘Why did you apply for this role’, ‘Tell us about your strengths and weakness’ are worth preparing for.
- Update your knowledge on the relevant legislation to your practice. For instance the Care Act 2014 for adult social care and Children and Families Act 2014 for children and families Social Work
- Think about a good practice example(s) to share. Complex cases where you have assessed and manage risk and using models of intervention to explain the why, how and what are often good examples.
- Prepare an example or two about how you prioritise workload. Some of the factors to consider are the timeliness, risk and safeguarding. Firstly describe the situation, specific your task, actions taken and the outcome. This would evidence your ability to your manage workload, competing demands and time pressures to meet deadline.
- Also remember if your intervention is not recorded it is not done!! Timely and factual recording is a non-compromising requirement in social care practice.
- How do you maintain your professional knowledge? Be true to your learning style, reading articles, peer discussions, training courses all count towards your continuing professional development (CPD).
- You can carry along your CV, covering letter and any relevant material that you may have been sent by your potential employer. These are handy to jog your memory.
- Finally, be on time. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and be ready for the interview and turn off your mobile phone before meet the panel.