Employment interview simulation project: Evaluating its potential for graduating social work students and its transferability to other health disciplines

Mary-Katherine Lowes, Danielle Omrin, Andrea Moore, Joanne Sulman, Jill Pascoe, Eileen McKee, Sabrina Gaon


The transition from student to professional is challenging and often filled with pressure to secure relevant employment in a competitive market. We provided MSW students with employment interview simulations during their final practicum to evaluate the application and utility of this training to social work field education. A participatory action research model was utilized. Primary themes were identified as fundamental to interviews, including managing anxiety, self-reflection, and effective communication. Overall, students found the process and feedback to be invaluable to their learning. We suggest ways in which interview training can be integrated into field education to strengthen students’ postgraduate employability.

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