The values employers are looking for and how to show them

This week is World Values Day and we want to share with you what values social care employers are looking for, and how you can show them in your applications and interviews.

Values are the beliefs that people hold about what’s right or wrong, and good or bad. They influence how a person behaves in different situations.

Social care is all about ‘people’ so it’s vital that you have the right values, and more and more employers are putting ‘values’ ahead of qualifications and experience when recruiting new staff.

CareBIG, a care agency in Leeds, share with us what they look for in new recruits, and how you can show them in the application process. They told us:

“Values are important. Values mold us into the type of people that we are. They determine whether you’ll walk past someone who needs help or stop and do what you can.

Good values are highlighted through simple actions such as helping your struggling neighbour with their shopping bags or visiting your elderly relative to keep them company each week.

At CareBIG, the values of the people we interview are the most important thing to us. If you don’t have the experience we need, then we can help you get it. But if you have the wrong values, well that’s a much harder thing to correct.

Therefore, if you’re thinking about applying for a social care role, it’s really important that you show us that you have the right values. Here’s some great ways to do it.


When did you last go out of your way to treat someone with dignity and respect?

Think of examples where you’ve treated people with dignity and respect, and make sure you tell us about them.

If you’ve worked in care before, maybe someone you supported always wore a tie every single day of his life, and when their condition prevented them from doing this themselves, you made sure they still always had their tie on, because you knew it was once important to them.

There’ll also be lots of ways you’ve expressed this value in your everyday life, too. Perhaps you were part of a group containing multiple faiths, ages, sexualities or cultures that shows you work with dignity and respect with individuals who are different to you. 

Tell us you’re keen and willing to learn and reflect

  • Have you taken on any extra qualifications or studied towards any skills in social care?
  • In your last position did you take it upon yourself to learn something new so that you could provide a better standard of care?
  • Maybe you requested specialist training to support people in the best way you can to meet their needs?

Whatever it may be, having the drive and ambition to better yourself within the care industry are excellent qualities to have.

The desire to learn or better yourself doesn’t have to just relate to the care industry.

Maybe you learnt another language, to play a musical instrument or to swim? Anything you have taken upon yourself to learn is an excellent indication that you’re willing to work towards making yourself the best that you can be, which is a valued asset in the care profession. 

Show us that you can work with others

Think about the things you have done before to make life easier for other people.

  • Perhaps you helped organise your Christmas party at work last year?
  • Or you volunteered at your local homeless shelter?
  • Or you’ve helped run a Macmillan coffee morning?

Anything that shows you are willing to work with other people to make a difference is a bonus if you’re looking to work in care, because we want team players.

Impress us with your commitment to care and support

We want to see your commitment to care.

  • Maybe you took a pay-cut to work in social care because you wanted to do something that made a difference to people’s lives.
  • Maybe you spoke up in a team meeting to challenge something that you didn’t think was right?
  • Do you remember saying you’ve always wanted to help people since you were a child.
  • Or perhaps you used to walk someone’s dog just to make their life easier.

If you can prove that you’re committed to caring and supporting others, this will work in your favour.

Be dedicated to protection

If you have a natural desire to protect others then you’ll make a great care worker.

Examples of this can include taking part in neighbourhood watch, or rescuing a lost cat, or campaigned for road safety in your local area.

Think of a time in your life when you had a strong urge to protect another being and talk about it in your interview. We want people who put the safety of others first.

And remember, mention your values!

‘Recruiting for values’ is a well-known, frequently expressed term in social care. Your potential employer will know what it means.

Don’t be afraid of saying ‘I have the right values to work in social care’ and listing the above. At CareBIG, we would be impressed by your knowledge and your commitment to impressing us with the amazing values you have, so never be afraid to brag about the incredible things you’ve done.”


Find out more

If you’re thinking about working in social care, What values do I need to work in social care has a template to help you think about how you can show you have what it takes.