If a hiring manager is impressed with your resume and cover letter, he will definitely contact you for an interview. When this opportunity surfaces, the need to impress and do your best is more profound than it has ever been before. Complacency at this point will ruin your chances of obtaining a job. If you have been asked to come in for an interview, do not sit back and relax because you have “half gotten the job” – because you haven’t!
Interviews can be great failures too, despite the brilliance of the resume and cover letter set than you sent in. Usually, candidates becomes a bit laid back at this point, wrongly believing that they know everything. Everything that you do know about the job becomes a bit pointless when you are being tested in a real world environment.
Don’t worry! Just go through the following set of interview questions and answers for a family advocate position to prepare:
What interested you so much about the role of a family advocate that you decided to make a career out of it?
The fact that many people do not have access to community and health services, even though they have rights to them was perhaps my biggest motivation. Knowing that I can help these people, especially children, gain access to health, social, rehabilitative and educational services was reason enough for me to want to take up family advocacy as a career.
What kind of skills do you think one needs in order to work well in this role?
Extensive knowledge of child development theories and practices, some exposure to working in a federally funded environment, exceptional knowhow of community services and agencies, deep understanding of family concern and risk management, strong client focus, and the ability to communicate exceptionally are some of the main skills that one needs in order to work well within the role of a family advocate.
How do you feel about working with people from different walks of life?
Working with a culturally diverse population is all part of working as a family advocate. For me, there is no discrimination based on where or from what religion or ethnic background my clients are. I focus on making sure that they have access to the services they require and is their right.
What is your recruitment criteria for placing families and children in programs?
Assessing the needs of each family or child and matching them with what the program offers is the main recruitment criteria. I make sure that the identified needs of families and children are in sync with what social services have to offer.
What has been your greatest success so far?
Last year, I managed to acquire social services for 10 members of the same family, a feat that is near impossible when so many people from the same family are involved. I believe that this was my greatest success.
What are your long-term career aspirations?
Eventually, I would like to lead an organization that focuses on providing services to people who require advanced services such as rehabilitation. And I am working diligently towards this aim.