What are your strengths and weaknesses when we talk about social work?


Social worker working with poor family, doing some questionary with them. All three people are smiling. Each of us has some strengths and weaknesses. To find a good answer to this particular question, you should understand which strengths are the most relevant for social work, and which weaknesses are not essential for this job field.

And if you struggle to recognize your own strengths or weaknesses (many of us have the same problem), ask a good friend, your brother/sister, or someone else who knows you well and is honest to you, to help you with identifying them.

We will talk to you for at least half an hour in an interview. We will create our own picture of your strengths and weaknesses, and your answer should at least somehow correspond with this picture.
That is why it is important that you know your strengths and weaknesses.


Relevant strengths for social workers

  • 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

Weaknesses of social worker

What isn’t your strength, does not necessarily have to be a weakness for social work. While you should avoid talking about weaknesses that are vital for the job, you can talk about some other. For example management skills, computer skills, etc–you won’t need them in most jobs in social work. You can even talk about a weakness that we may consider a strength, at least in certain circumstances. For example:

  • over-friendly to clients
  • impatient
  • punctual
  • having to have the last word
  • struggling to make a decision


Show your efforts to improve

Every job candidate has some weaknesses. However, the difference between average and exceptional people is an effort they put into improving on their weaknesses. If you honestly describe your weaknesses and explain the recruiters how you try to improve on them, they will be satisfied with your answer.

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