At the time that you appear for an interview for a position that requires you to be compassionate and kind, you have to make sure that you show these two sides of your personality.
Your resume and cover letter is actually quite sufficient to let the interviewer know about your work-related abilities.
An interview is usually designed to determine how well you function in actuality –along with confirming what you wrote in the resume and cover letter.
For a foster care worker interview, here are some questions (and possible answers) that you can look into:
What made you decide that you wanted to work as a foster care worker?
I have lived in foster homes since I was 5 years old, after the untimely demise of both my parents. Having been through the system myself, I recognized and appreciated the limitations of the foster care system, and it was inherently important for me to contribute something to make it a better one for children who have to go through it now. Initially, this was my motivation to take up a career as a foster care worker.
What made you keep working in this arena?
After a few years passed, I realized that my contribution to the system was quite substantial, and I managed to sort out the lives of many children. This was an encouraging thought and I never looked back.
What skills do you possess that make you an excellent contender to work as a foster care worker?
Personally, I am a compassionate person. The ability to understand children’s predicaments and handle them with extreme fragility is something that is ingrained into my personality. Professionally, I am extremely intuitive, which makes it easy for me to gauge situations and come up with excellent foster care solutions.
What has been your most difficult placement instance till now?
I was assigned to a 9 year old child who had reportedly been abused by his biological family, and had turned violent because of it. It was quite an impossibility to place him in foster care because there were constant complaints from every foster family that he was placed with. It was a nightmare.
So how did you handle the situation?
After much difficulty, I managed to find a counselor who could reach out to the child. The process was not smooth, but after 2 years of constant counseling, his transformation was amazing. And the family that he is now placed with is extremely happy with him!
What is the one thing that keeps you detached from the children that you work with?
It is quite difficult to detach yourself from the children that you work with. I have had my share of heartbreaks. What helps me is self-teaching that if I get emotionally attached, I will not be able to work properly. It works!