What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Social Worker?


Social worker working with poor familyThe same ability can represent a strength for one job, and a weakness for another one. Once you understand  the abilities that matter the most for social work, you will be able to come up with a good answer to this question.


Strengths of social workers

Many abilities characterize a good employee in this field. Look at the list below:

  • Good communication skills
  • Understanding for the problems and needs of other people
  • Ability to solve conflict situations
  • Passion for work
  • Creative personality
  • No fear
  • High level of responsibility
  • Detail oriented personality
  • Good listening skills

Think about the list, and pick the strength that you really have (or at least you try your best to have them).

Weaknesses of social worker

What isn’t your strength, doesn’t have to be a weakness for social work. While some of us have excellent communication skills, many of us are average in communication. But it is still enough for a job in social sphere. But if your communication skills, or your level of responsibility, are bad, you should never mention it in your answer. These skills are simply vital for the job. You should rather  choose a weakness that is not so important in social work, or one that can be considered as a strength by some interviewers. To those weaknesses belong:

  • Being over-friendly to clients
  • Being impatient
  • Being punctual
  • Having your own opinion always
  • Inability to make decisions on your own


Show your efforts to improve

Every job candidate has some weaknesses. However, the difference between average and exceptional people is an effort to improve on their weaknesses. If you honestly describe your weaknesses and explain the recruiters how you try to improve on them, you will have a great answer ready….

Sometimes I am over-friendly to clients. I know it is risky in this job. However, I make personal reports of my work, try to analyze my demeanor, and improve on it over time, to avoid any misunderstanding of the side of a client.

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