I have an interview on friday at the home office as an assistant asylum case worker and I need some advice on how to prepare for it
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- 18-11-2008 22:14
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- 19-11-2008 21:55
I'd say that you need to have a basic understanding of the UK asylum system. What qualifies a person for asylum, why/how the government makes these decisions etc. Make sure that you can understand the reasons for seeking asylum, why people try to enter the UK, but also the reasons why there has to be some policy. Just look rational and in tune with both sides of the argument. They won't expect you to know the absolute details, but they will be looking for a balance of empathy with rule following and the ability to make tough decisions. They might ask a few technical questions, just to see how much you know eg which countries to most asylum seekers come from atm? What are the (basic) requirements for a successful application, what is the difference ebtween an asylum seeker and an economic refugee (or other term).
If the job involves actual interviewing, rather than just research work, then they will probably ask if you have any interviewing experience, they will look to see how you interact with people. Is it a straight interview, nothing mentioned about group work, role play or anything like that?
If it is just a paper based research job then they will want to know how you will deal with obstructive agencies, that you are determined, thorough, and above all accurate - it's a serious, life changing decision you are involved in, whichever way it goes.
Make sure you take a good look at the relevant websites before you go and try to absorb some of the language eg do they call asylum seekers, asylum seekers, clients, candidates or what? It comes across better if you can already speak some of the office language. I presume there are plenty of facts and figures to be found there as well.