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Have you ever walked out of an interview room thinking “I’ve nailed that”, only to be surprised to find out a few days later that you were unsuccessful?

At Sanctuary Social Care, we like to provide our candidates with useful content to help them prepare for their job interviews.

Whether you’re applying to work as a Best Interest Assessor, a Senior Practitioner or a Support Worker, we do our best to help you succeed. We’ve previously written about how to prepare for your interview and we’ve also explained why it’s so important to think about your body language but have you ever thought about assessing your own interview performance?

If you’re working in a locum social work job role, then you’ll certainly be used to the interview process. But if you’re applying for a permanent social work role, then it may be considerably more daunting.

How will you truly know if you’ve impressed the hiring panel?

Create your own interview notepad

When you leave the interview room, we suggest that you take a few moments to sit in a nearby coffee shop (or even in your car) to reflect on how the interview went.

If you’re a regular interviewee, then we would recommend taking a notepad and pen with you, for the sole purpose of jotting down a few notes post-interview.

Perhaps think about what questions you answered well, and which ones you think you may have struggled with. You could write down whether you felt you were prepared enough, or whether you think you were “winging it”. You could also consider giving yourself a rating out of ten, and whether you would have hired yourself.

Other questions to ask yourself include:
  • Did I present a professional image?
  • Was I speaking in a calm manner or did I rush my answers?
  • How was my body language?
  • Were there any questions that I struggled to answer?
  • Was I able to adequately provide examples of previous cases?
  • Was I able to sell in my strengths and explain my weaknesses?
  • Did I ask enough questions about the prospective employer?

You could consider giving yourself a rating for each question – not only will this enable you to think about whether you are likely to have been successful, but it will help you to visually see any problem areas.

Keeping a copy of these notes in your interview notepad will not only help you organise your thoughts, but you can look back on it as a tool to help you prepare for future interviews.

If you need any help preparing for an interview, then please give one of our dedicated consultants a call. Not only will they help you understand what the job role is, they’ll be able to share what the hiring manager is looking for and how you can maximise your chance for success.

If you’re ready for a new challenge, why not take a look at our latest job vacancies? We recruit for both permanent and locum social work roles across the UK.
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