Can a Case Worker Give me Interview Tips? Please?

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Lindsey in Short Hills, New Jersey

84 months ago

I'm applying for a position as a foster care case worker. I have experience with direct care in group foster homes but I am not exactly sure of all the responsibilities of a foster care case worker (for example, if you go in to a home to talk to a child and suspect or notice abuse, what is the next step? to have the child removed immediately, to contact someone at your agency?) If I make it to round two of the interviewing process I will be meeting with the regional supervisor and I will be asked questions about how I will respond in certain circumstances such as the above. If anyone would bee willing to shoot some tips my way through email, or talk on the phone for a half an hour, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

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ALICE NOEL in Newark, New Jersey

82 months ago

HI LINDSEY, I AM ATTENDING SCHOOL RIGHT NOW AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM HAPPY THAT I CAME ACROSS YOUR E-MAIL. I ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK WITH FOSTER CHILDREN SO HOW DO I GO ABOUT DOING SO? CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME POINTERS i HAVE BEEN LOOKING BUT I HAVE NO LUCK.

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Heather in Newcomerstown, Ohio

80 months ago

Hi Lindsey, I'm sorry no one replied here. Just wondering if you got the job as a foster care case worker?

I just received a letter stating I'm invited to a pre-employment orientation, where applicants are given info. about the agency and tested (doesn't say what kind of testing) and I have no idea what to expect! I'd greatly appreciate any info. and advice you have to offer!

Thanks, Heather

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Heather in Newcomerstown, Ohio

80 months ago

Sorry, forgot to mention the pre-employment meeting is for a foster care coordinator position at a county children services office.

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Kristin in Ambler, Pennsylvania

80 months ago

Did anyone get answers about interview questions? Any tips would be helpful, I am trying to prepare. Thanks

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Heather in Newcomerstown, Ohio

80 months ago

Hi Amber,

Jake gave me some advice above on shaking everyone's hand and eye contact, but none on the questions asked during the interview.

Did you go to a pre-employment orientation or testing with other applicants? If so, were you interviewed any during this phase? Did you walk in and introduce yourself or just take a seat? Was the testing oral or written?

When is your interview?

I hope to see more comments on what to expect too!

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Heather in Newcomerstown, Ohio

80 months ago

Sorry Amber, Jake's reply isn't above, it was in another thread. His advice was the only in that thread. There doesn't seem to be much advice for case managers or coordinator positions on the web that I can find. A lot for the big companies such as Chase though.

He told me there would be 3 administrators interviewing at the same time, to shake all their hands when introducing yourself, and to make eye contact 70% of the time with the person who asked the question and 30% with the other 2.

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Natalie in Brooklyn, New York

77 months ago

Although this response is very late I hope it is helpful. I have worked as a caseworker in NY and can shed a little bit of light. Keep in mind that states may have different policies on removal of children.
IF you work as a CPS(child protective specialist) worker, you will receive ca call about suspected abuse/neglect... You will have to meet with the child/family/medical staff..others associated to the child. If upon meeting with the child it appears that the child would be in immediate danger then you would have to call your boss and then remove the child. Most of the time I think agencies send workers out with a partner and police officers sometimes. If the child is not in immediate danger then the family may have to receive preventive services.
As for being interview and taking a test. The test may cover scenarios that you may get into (abuse,abandonment...) They will also be looking for how you can problem solve in a highly tense and emotional situation. Whether or not you are judgemental/impartial.. Sometimes they may even test your recording skills since casework requires a lot of documentation.
I hope this information is helpful and I wish all of you good luck in the profession. It may not demand the respect like a lawyer or pay as much as an accountant but the joy and satisfaction that you receive knowing that you changed a persons' life for the better is worth more than dollars.
Casework can be very demanding and you can get burnt out so please remember to take time out for yourself and if you feel you need to change the population you work with, please seriously think about it.

I am currently an ILS coordinator and I help adolescents prepare for a life on their own.

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cracker in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

42 months ago

so im doing an interview for school on a social worker first of all i need your name and how you got into this profession

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