What will happen on the Microsoft Teams interview?

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a Microsoft Teams interview. Microsoft Teams is a digital communication tool and we will include instructions on how to use it on our invite. 

The event will consist of a virtual interview with our academic team. The interview panel may include a social work practitioner or a service user.  The interview comprises two parts: a verbal presentation, followed by a set of interview questions

How to prepare for the Microsoft Teams interview

Verbal presentation

Please prepare a five minute verbal presentation about a piece of work you have carried out with a person with social care needs.  Your presentation should not exceed five minutes in duration, and should analyse and discuss the following points:

  • The type of work undertaken with the individual
  • The aims of the piece of work
  • The key issues at the heart of the work presented
  • The success of the aims
  • Your contribution to working as a team member within or outside of the organisation
  • Reflect on your strengths and how you met anti-discriminatory practice

Interview questions

The questions will link to the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) (specifically to the Entry to Qualifying Programmes from the British Association of Social Workers), which include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of social work issues
  • Understanding of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Diversity and values
  • How you promote rights and justice with an ability to engage with people with empathy
  • Critical reflection
  • Professionalism,
  • An ability to show leadership,
  • Suitability and preparedness to undertake professional social work training. For more information, please visit the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) website.
  • From 2nd December 2019, Social Work England (SWE) have taken over from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the new regulator for social workers. Candidates are therefore advised to consult the Professional Standards of Social Work England
  • Furthermore, candidates are expected to recognise the key values for social work as found in social work texts and/or in the British Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Tips for success

  • In preparation for the interview, it would be a good idea to read a social work text book or a Community Care online article, to familiarise yourself with social work's core values, and to read about some contemporary social work issues which are of interest to you.
  • If you are successful in the online test, please take some time to fully prepare your verbal presentation before the interview, including timing yourself to ensure that you are within the five minute time requirement.  

Please view our presentation regarding the course structure, on which we welcome any questions.

The link below provides details of mandatory statutory checks and course structure, on which we welcome any questions.

How to join your Microsoft Teams interview

You will receive an email invite two days prior to your interview. In your email invite there will be a link for you to select Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, which will be at the bottom of the email invite. You will be given the  following options:

1. If you are already using the Teams app, select "Launch it now".

2. If you are not already using Teams click on the "Join on the web instead" option.

3. Alternatively you can download the app - click here.

4. If downloading the application make it is working correctly on your device .

5. Type in your name.

6. Choose the audio and video settings you want.

7. Select Join now.

8. Depending on meeting settings, you'll get in right away, or go to a lobby where someone in the meeting can admit you.

We recommend that you test Microsoft Teams ahead of your interview to make sure that you can access it. Before you set up your device for interview we recommend: 

  • Using a PC or laptop for a better online experience. 
  • Giving yourself plenty of time to set up your device and login. 
  • Making sure that your sound and video work.

More information is available on the Microsoft Office website here.

For further queries and issues regarding your Microsoft Teams interview and how to prepare, please contact our team at FEHHS-Programme-Support@greenwich.ac.uk

What to present during the Microsoft Teams interview

During the Microsoft Team interview you will be asked to present the following documents as part of the call: 

  • Valid identification document (see below for the forms of identification we can accept)
  • Recent passport photograph (for admissions record)
  • Evidence of change of name if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate or deed poll)* 
  • Education certificates

* If the applicant has undergone a formal name change within the last six months the relevant ID document with original proof of the name change will be accepted. This information will be recorded, but successful applicants will be required to obtain appropriate ID document in the appropriate legal name ahead of the formal University of Greenwich registration process. The ultimate decision to accept the ID documents presented at registration sit with Student and Academic Services, namely the Head of Student Centre, Student Management Team or those empowered to conduct these checks.

Types of identification accepted

Please bring one of any of the following forms of ID. When presenting an ID document, it must be the original, valid, in date and in the legal name of the applicant attending the interview.

Student Type Acceptable forms of identity
Home Applicants (UK born) Current valid passport OR UK driving licence (photo card style only)
Home Applicants (non-UK born) Current valid passport OR "Travel Document" both with any relevant immigration document (e.g. indefinite leave to remain BRP)
EU Applicants Current valid passport OR EU identity card
International Applicants (Non-EU) Current valid passport AND Current Visa

In attempting to ensure an applicant meets the relevant professional requirements of the course and enable us to process any potential offer given, the University of Greenwich will employ the use of technology to verify the authenticity of valid ID documents. The document will be captured by screen shot, an authentication check will be conducted and then stored against the applicant's record; held in accordance with the appropriate retention period.

Please ensure that when you receive your invitation, you attend at the allocated date and time. Should you fail to attend twice, and not have contacted us requesting a new date prior to your interview, your application will no longer be considered and withdrawn.

If you have any queries, concerns or are unable to provide the documents listed above, please contact Admissions at hsc-admissions@greenwich.ac.uk or on +44 20 8331 9000.

Further important information

  • If you have a disability and need support during the interview, please let us know in advance. 
  • Candidates who do not meet the requirements for the NHS Social Work Bursary need to complete a satisfactory fees assessment.
  • Offers of a place are subject to undertaking satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health checks.
  • The number of bursaries available to social work programmes is capped, and there is no guarantee that you will receive a bursary if you take up an offer of a place on a social work programme. More information about the Social Work Bursary (SWB) can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website.