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41 Counselor Questions And Answers

2⟩ How do you evaluate students?

I would evaluate students based on the fact finding questions I would ask to find out their interest are and what their goals they have for their future. With the information the student has given me, I would be able to help guide them in the right direction.


3⟩ What in Your Job or Life Experience Makes You More Qualified for This Job than Your Peers?

The truth is that the single most important qualification for a guidance counselor is a degree and certification. School boards have requirements that must be met in order to qualify for the position.

As a result, you can expect that everyone else who will be interviewed for the role will have the same kind of educational background that you have. Most interviewers will want to know what makes you a better choice.

A great guidance counselor will have experience working with students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Experience in the working world outside of the bubble of education can make you better at helping students recognize their own interests, and should be a focus in your answer. Experience in extracurricular activities while you were a student including working part time, participating in sports and clubs and activities outside of school all make you more well-rounded, and a better role model for your students.


4⟩ How well do you know our institute?

Other than being a Graduate of the University and the knowledge that one would attain over the years rather it be through recreational situation or academic excellence as far as the ratings of professor putting all that knowledge aside I would say I pretty broad understanding of the University's major academic programs.


6⟩ What is your biggest weakness as Counselor?

This is known as a negative question, one that interviewers love asking to test your ability to stay cool. We all have weaknesses. Let's face it, we're not all perfect. But that doesn't mean that yours should get in the way of your dream job. Think about how you can spin your weaknesses into something positive.

Look at the job description to hand and choose one required responsibility you feel you could improve on. Are you shy about making public presentations? Does your time management need a little work? Do you feel you would benefit from Microsoft Office training?

An example of the answer can be (depending on your weakness): "I am aware that my skills with Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint are not up to advanced level but this is something that I'm working on by teaching myself in my spare time."

Avoid being a perfectionist or simply saying, "I have no weaknesses I know of." This only makes you look arrogant and overconfident.


7⟩ GENERAL COUNSELING Interview Questions

• Describe your previous experience. How will it help you in this position?

• Can you give us some examples of where you have displayed initiative as a counselor?

• Tell us about any special projects that you've done.

• What are your thoughts on group work or group counseling? What kinds of groups are you prepared to handle? How would you handle confidentiality?

• What experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a counselor?

• What has been your most rewarding experience?

• What have you done in the area of career counseling?

• What have you done to keep abreast of current practices in counseling & psychology?

• What is the counseling theory that you most closely follow?

• What is the most creative and innovative counseling technique you have used?

• What kind of records do you keep of your counseling sessions?

• What might your professional development plan look like?

• What new programs have you initiated?

• What technology applications do you see being useful in your work?

• What was the name of the student/client who had the greatest impact on during your internship? Tell us a little about the situation.


8⟩ Why should I hire you as Counselor?

This question is all about selling yourself. Why should someone hire you? Are you brilliant at organization? Are you proficient at Microsoft Office with excellent use of Powerpoint and Excel? Are you creative and do you really think you could add value to the company?

By looking at the job description that was given to you, try to point out your strengths by using examples of work you've done in relation to the requirements for this role.

One way of answering this question is: "I believe that I meet the requirements listed in your job description and I feel that I will really excel in this role because I particularly enjoy working for you."

Again, adapt this question to suit the role you are applying for. Be enthusiastic in your answer. Be positive and confident. If you cannot convince yourself that you'd be perfect for the role, you will never be able to convince the person who is considering whether to hire you.


9⟩ What do you know about this university? Why did you apply for this position? What do you expect will be the greatest challenges and rewards of this job?

Research questions asked me to draw on my knowledge about the positions, departments, and universities where I applied. As the name suggests, I prepared for these questions by doing extensive research, which included researching university websites, reading news articles written about the universities, and reaching out to contacts who worked there. Just as important, I used the information that I gleaned from this research to highlight my qualifications for the positions.


10⟩ How Would You Handle a Student Reporting Abuse by a Parent?

No one said being a guidance counselor would be easy. You are required to maintain certain confidentialities for your students, but allegations of abuse must be taken seriously. Although you are bound by law to report abuse to the appropriate authorities, remember that every school is different, and there may be protocols to follow.

If you are asked any questions of this nature, first explain that you would go to your direct supervisor and review school policy to ensure you are balancing your legal obligations with school rules. Don't forget to address how you would console and help the student immediately while they're in your care, in addition to the actions you would take once they leave your office. Perhaps you will keep tissues and doodads on your desk to help the student feel more comfortable while they're speaking with you. Think about the question before answering and keep your focus on what is best for the student.


11⟩ How would you define the difference between coaching, counseling, and advising? Which theories do you use in career counseling? What technology-based resources have been most helpful in your work with students?

These questions asked me to draw on my knowledge about the field of career counseling. Because I was finishing graduate school and interning at a university career center throughout the interview process, my knowledge about current trends in career services was fresh; however, preparing for these questions could require some research if you had spent a few years away from the field.


12⟩ Strengths and Interests Based Interview Questions

► What influenced you to be a school counselor?

► What practical experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a school counselor?

► What is your strongest asset?

► What do you know about our school that you would consider a strength? a weakness?

► Tell us about a successful (satisfying) case that you have handled? And, one that was not so successful; what would you have done differently?

► What makes you want to work at ______ School?

► What is it that you like about working with (grade level) school students?

► How would you deal with cultural differences in a school setting?

► What is something new you could bring to our program?

► How do you handle criticism?

► How do you handle stress?

► Are you available to work in the evenings for functions such as parent programs, student programs, etc.?

► What experiences have you had in working with special education students?

► What has your experience been in working with students of color & gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered students?

► What is your experience with parenting programs?

► How do you approach writing letters of recommendation (HS)?

► What does school counseling mean to you?

► How do you keep yourself organized? Discuss how you multitask.

► Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

► Are you proficient in a language other than English?


13⟩ What Made You Want to Become a Guidance Counselor?

In the education field, motivation is an important factor for interviewers. They will want to understand what is attractive for you about this job. Steer clear of focusing on summer vacations and other perks of working at a school. Be prepared to talk about what you hope to get out of the job, in terms of helping students to be successful and happy. This question really lends itself well to examples from your own life. Whether you had a guidance counselor who really excelled or one who failed you, undoubtedly your experience working with them will have led in some way to your choice to enter this field. You may want to explain why you want to work in education, and then expand into why you chose counseling over teaching or a similar area.


14⟩ What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? In what type of working environment do you thrive? What do you like to do for fun outside work? What makes you laugh?

These questions asked me to demonstrate my capacity for self-reflection and offered the opportunity to showcase how I "fit" within the department's culture. Reflective Questions are similar to Experience Questions in that they can best be answered with an engaging story, so I prepared for them similarly: by creating STAR stories and doing research.


16⟩ Roles and Responsibilities Based Interview Questions

• Are you opposed to working above and beyond business hours to get the job done?

• During the year there are some busy times and some slow times. What types of things would you do during the slow times?

• How do you foster a good working relationship with clients, staff, counselors and administrators?

• How do you handle conflict with a colleague, parent, or administrator?

• How do you see group work being fit into the day?


18⟩ Management of Comprehensive School Counseling Program Based Interview Questions

► How do you use data in a school counseling program?

► What type of school counseling activities would you institute to help close the achievement gap at our school?

► What innovative and new ideas would you like to employ as a school counselor?

► How would you divide your time between meeting the immediate needs of the students and keeping up with the paperwork?

► What technology applications do you see being useful in your work?


19⟩ Competencies Based Interview Questions

• How do you know when to refer a student/client to another professional?

• How would you deal with an unmotivated student/client (to raise their expectations)?

• How would you handle an irate parent or client?

• How would you handle serious personal problems revealed to you through counseling? i.e. drugs, alcohol, sexual identity.

• If you suspected child abuse towards one of your students/clients, what would you do?


20⟩ Personal Qualities Based Interview Questions

• How do you handle criticism?

• How do you handle stress?

• How do you keep yourself organized? Discuss how you multitask.

• How do you see the word "leader" fitting in to your role as a counselor?

• If I had observed you how would I know that you're the right person for us to hire?

• What are your strengths or weaknesses?

• What do you bring to this position that is unique?

• What do you think is the most important characteristic of a counselor?

• What evidence could you provide of your commitment?

• What is it that you like about (level) school students/clients?

• Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

• Why did you choose counseling as a career?

• Tell us what you know about XYZ School/Organization? What makes you want to work at our School/Organization?

• What is the most appealing aspect of counseling to you? What is the least appealing aspect?