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Social Skills Assessments


After you both complete the assessments, you should sit down with the other assessor (trusted adult) and compare your responses. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Did your responses differ from the other person’s assessment of your social skills?   In which areas do you disagree?

  2. If you do disagree with the other person, it is ok to express your opinions, but you should also listen to the other person’s ideas.  Remember that they are completing this assessment because they want to help you find a job that will make you happy and successful. 

    Count the number of A’s, B’s, and C’s you received.   Did you have mostly A’s, B’s, or C’s?  Check out our "What’s Your Scene?" section to see what type of job you might be most successful in doing. 

    It is also very important for the other assessor (the family member, teacher, therapist, etc.) to address all weaknesses in a sensitive and constructive manner.  Click here for tips.

  3. It is best for you and the other assessor to come to an agreement regarding your social strengths and weaknesses.  It will be harder for you to find a job if you cannot acknowledge your social strengths and weaknesses.  However, if you and the other assessor cannot come to an agreement, you should consider asking a third person to complete the assessment of your skills.  This person should also be someone who knows you very well (i.e. family member, teacher, job coach, therapist). 

  4. Discuss your relative social strengths.  Your relative social strengths are items that received an "A."  You should look for jobs that allow you to use many of your strengths.   You should find jobs that match your strengths and interests.  For example, if you are comfortable talking to people and you know a lot about books and research materials, you might consider working at a library reference desk.

  5. What if you received mostly B's?  This means that you sometimes display the appropriate social skills, and at other times, you might not. Basically, it means that sometimes this is easy for you, while at other times it might be more difficult to do.

  6. Remember:  People are most successful and happy in their jobs when they get to use and display their strengths.

    Discuss your relative weaknesses as they related to social skills (items that received a "C").   Remember that no-one is perfect—we all have weaknesses.  It is important to recognize your weaknesses in social skills as you search for jobs.  You should try to avoid jobs that require you to do things that you are not as good at.   For example, if you feel very anxious in loud, busy environments and are uncomfortable talking to strangers, you might avoid waiting tables at a restaurant. 

    Get help from JobTips!  Other parts of the JobTips website can help you develop strategies to manage and improve areas of weakness so you get and keep the job you want!