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To help you in your job search, we suggest a few tips to help you gain confidence and have an effective interview.
Why are you interested in working for our organization or with this population?What social work theories or therapeutic modalities would you apply when working with this target group?How would you address the following situation ��_ ?Do you have any questions?

This can be one of the most important questions asked during an interview. Asking the right questions during an interview shows that you�۪ve done your research on the organization ahead of time and that you are an inquisitive thinker. You also want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision about whether or not to accept the position if it is offered to you. An important question to ask if you are a recent graduate and are hoping to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is if the appropriate supervision will be provided to meet licensure requirements. Other questions that you should consider asking your interviewers are:

After the Interview

Once you�۪ve aced your interview, it is important that you follow up with your interviewers. A thoughtful thank-you note or email is always appreciated. Use your note to thank your interviewers for their time and ask any follow-up questions you may have. You can also take this opportunity to ask when you might hear from them regarding their hiring decision. Remember, this could be your last opportunity to express your interest in the position and serving the target population, so make it count.

Even though you�۪ve earned your MSW, a lot of learning will happen within the first few years of working within the community you choose to serve. Use the interview as an opportunity to determine whether the position and the agency will help you achieve your goals.

The more you practice for interviews, the easier they will become. The Simmons Career Education Center provides useful information and resources to help you in your search. No matter what job you choose, remember that you�۪ll be helping those who need it most and making a difference in your community with a rewarding career in social work.