Sample Admissions Interview Questions

Social Work

Criteria 1.   Stability & Autonomy

  1. What frustrates you the most? How do you usually cope with your frustrations?
  2. How do you handle stress?
  3. How do you find relief from the problems and concerns that people share with you? How do you relax? Have fun?
  4. What have you been asked to do in life that has been most difficult? Why?
  5. What would you consider your greatest achievement to date? Why? Provide an example of an event in your personal life which demonstrated stability and autonomy. Discuss what and why.


Criteria 2.   Verbal and Writing Ability

  1. What do you do well in terms of your verbal / writing skills? What would you like to improve?
  2. How would you rate your verbal skills / writing skills on a scale of 1-10 (ten highest)? Why?
  3. What is an example of your using good written or verbal skills in a practical setting?
  4. How do you think you express yourself in the written form? What types of grades have you received in the writing courses? What type of grades do you receive on papers in other courses?
  5. Do you like to speak in front of groups? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (ten highest) regarding your oral communication skills.
  6. What have you been told about your verbal and writing skills by professionals, other students, and community members?


Criteria 3.   Identifying & Handling Conflicting Values

  1. With what kind of people do you find it most difficult to work?
  2. What have you learned from your activities relative to helping skills outside of work or school?
  3. Discuss the social work ethics that govern our profession.
  4. How would you feel working with a gay or lesbian client?  A black, white, or Hispanic client?  A client of the opposite sex?  A client with a disability?
  5. How do your personal values fit with SW values?
  6. With what kind of people do you work well?
  7. What kind of problem would you least like to work with? Most like to work with?


Criteria 4.   Academic Achievement

  1. What prompted you to pick social work for your major?
  2. What would you say is the most significant thing you have learned from your undergraduate coursework?
  3. If you could experience your undergraduate education courses again, what would you do differently? Why?
  4. How rigorous do you think the social work coursework will be for you?
  5. What would you say is the most significant learning experience you have had during your undergraduate education thus far?
  6. What have you liked best about your undergraduate education? Least?


Criteria 5.   Growth & Professional Development

  1. What are some of the things you are either doing or have thought about doing that are self-development activities?
  2. What do you think are the three most important characteristics and abilities a person must possess to become a successful social worker? How do you rate yourself in these areas?
  3. What are your needs? Do these spill over into your desire to become a social worker?
  4. What are you planning to do re: field placement? after graduation?
  5. What kind of influences in your life have steered you toward being a social worker?
  6. What qualities do you have that you think would make you a good social worker?
  7. What kind of activities have you been involved with that would enhance your professional development?


Criteria 6.   Understanding Social Work-Interests & Commitments to Social Work

  1. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge facing the social work profession today?
  2. Who or what in your life would you say influenced you the most with regard to your career objectives?
  3. Identify two (non-SVSU personnel) social work professionals whose philosophy you subscribe to. Why?
  4. Define social work and discuss the social work values.
  5. What do you think are the 3 most important characteristics and abilities a person must possess to become a successful social work?
  6. Compare social work with sociology and psychology. Discuss the differences in each.