With the first of our Assessment Centres in 2017 just around the corner, we have put together some key advice for candidates preparing for this stage. We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about supporting vulnerable children across our five regional locations. Places for the programme are in high demand and we want to give you the best possible chance to succeed.
1. Motivation – Make clear your reasons for applying and why you want to become a child protection social worker through the Frontline programme. We need to see your motivation and passion come through.
2. Relax and be yourself – Successful candidates show their authenticity in the different activities. We try and create a friendly atmosphere on the day, so try and make the most of the opportunity and don’t put yourself under too much pressure – just be yourself!
3. Use it as a learning experience – The Assessment Centre provides a chance to find out more about what the job entails. The day includes activities you would participate in as a social worker so it’s a real chance for you to find out more about the programme and your future career.
4. Our competencies – For each of the activities you will be assessed according to our competencies. Prior to the day, you may want to go through each activity and anticipate which competencies we are most likely to asses in each activity and what you can do to demonstrate these. For example, you might like to consider what good communication looks like during the group exercise, or think about an example where you have demonstrated leadership skills that you can talk about during the interview.
5. Young people and care – Although you are not expected to have an in-depth knowledge of social work and the associated legislation, it is useful to have some awareness of the different issues young people in care may experience. Our blogs are one place you may find some insight into what the role of a social worker actually involves and some wider context about the sector.
6. The role of a social worker – Think carefully about the daily job of a social worker and the different kinds of people you might meet. Quickly forming positive relationships with different people is critical to your success. Prepare yourself so you’re ready to draw on your range of communication skills.
7. Rest – Make sure you have a good night’s sleep the night before. Leave plenty of time on the day and have a look at google maps in advance so that you can find Caledonian Road and locate our Assessment Centre.
Remember you’re not competing against other candidates at the Assessment Centre. If you demonstrate the necessary behaviours and competencies in the activities throughout the day, you will be successful.
Thanks for reading and good luck.