Do interviewers measure candidates on a scale?
The answer is yes.
Mostly, an interviewer will have a piece of paper in front of him on which he will grade you according to the type of answer you’ve provided. Or the way in which you have presented it. You must be careful.
Winning an interviewer’s favor is not easy. You have to say the right things and operate correctly. Everything that you do or say can either be held against you or for you.
Have a look at the following set of interview questions and answers to see what’s in store for you when you appear for an interview for the position of a domestic violence advocate:
Working as a domestic violence advocate is serious business. How do you qualify?
Apart from possessing a degree in human services and 12 years of dedicated experience in a domestic violence advocate role, I believe that I have the skills and knowledge of the criminal justice system that makes a person working at this position exceptionally qualified. Where personal attributes are concerned, I am a great mix of patience and perseverance, and can easily handle demanding cases to ensure that they reach fruition.
What is your take on domestic violence?
I believe that domestic violence is a curse. Eradicating it may be difficult, but if more people contribute, things can become somewhat easier to handle, as curbing it won’t be such a hassle.
Isn’t it difficult to stay detached from victims that you are advocating a case for? How do you do it?
Yes, it can become a bit emotionally challenging when representing a victim. But the training that I have received over the years has made sure that I stay as detached as possible without coming across as crass!
What is the most challenging case that you have handled up till now?
I was assigned to handle a case where the woman who was always battered by her husband, refused to come forward and admit that she was in an abusive relationship. Convincing her that this was the right thing to do and instilling confidence into her was the most challenging thing I’ve done.
Where children are concerned, do you have a different handling method?
For sure. Where children are concerned, I make use of my “friendly” avatar instead of the “helpful” one. They are trickier to handle.
Domestic violence advocates sometimes work on more cases than one. How do you prioritize?
I often work on more than one case at a time. My priorities are based on who needs my services more unless otherwise instructed by my superiors.