If you like a challenge and no two days to be the same, then care work may be the perfect path for you. There are no specific entry requirements or qualifications, so it’s a great option for a young person or career changer.
Whether the role is based in a hospital, day centre, care home or out in the community, your interviewers will need to establish if you’re well suited to the position. So once you’ve landed yourself an interview, how can you show you’re the right person for the job?
Most people go through life gaining experiences which are invaluable to this type of work, such as good communication skills, empathy and the ability to think on your feet. Showing this to a potential employer is key, so we’ve put together a list of typical interview questions you could be asked with expert tips on how to answer them.
Maggie Hennessy, associate director of social care and education at HR company Penna: “This is a very open question and will show the employer whether the candidate understands the expectations of the job – you need to look up a job description and see what the role involves. It’s a good test of whether they’ve done any research, especially if candidates are coming from a different country where the roles may differ.”
Roop Bhumbra, director of social care at Hays recruiters: “This is intended to show employers you’ll work well with other social workers and your management team. It will also allow employers to find out if you have the softer skills and values for social care. The best example will show how you have listened to colleagues and supported them. Highlight positions of responsibility you had and how you supervised others. Preparation is key here so have an example that clearly shows why team working was important and how your skills influenced the positive outcome.”
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