Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions and Answers
1. What do you feel is the most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess?
Practicing compassion and empathy with each consumer.
A vocational rehabilitation counselor should have a passion for helping others and the drive to motivate people to help themselves. Should be respectful and empathetic yet firm and with realistic expectations.
I feel that the most important trait a vocational rehab counselor should possess is passion for their work. The most important skill is organization. That is a skill and can be learned.
2. How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
I use two calendars. One calendar on my outlook, I put everything on there, if I need to make a phone call or return an email I find the time on my calendar and put it in. I also have a paper calendar that I carry with to make sure I can schedule appointments with enough time before and after. And I guess I also use my phone to set reminders and take notes on possible job prospects that come to mind while out and about.
3. Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
I went to the wrong room for a meeting, it was where the meeting was typically held. I was sent an email earlier that day which stated the new room, I did not read the email because I assumed it was just a confirmation. After standing there for a couple minutes I sent a text to figure out where I was actually supposed to be.
4. What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
First I attempt to find out as much as I can from reputable sources online, including peer reviewed journals and books, then I compare what I have found with information obtained from colleagues. I always try to consult before making decisions regarding a topic I am somewhat new with, that ways I have multiple perspectives that may challenge the knowledge I obtained from research.
5. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
My first successful job placement was one of the best feelings of my life. I job developed for an individual, was able to arrange a job interview for him, and they hired him on the spot. Since then he has helped their company grow and he his psychological concerns have lessened over time.
6. What made you choose a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?
The reason I chose rehabilitation counseling over other forms of counseling is because of the immediate benefits that employment offers to the overall quality of life.
7. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
8. What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
As a graduate student assistant I took a lot of initiative to learn as much as I possibly could during my one year internship with the Pasadena Office.
9. Why are you the best vocational rehabilitation counselor for us?
I have experience working with DOR and its consumers and I have also been partially trained with the new AWARE system. I have more experience than others who have never worked for DOR but not so much that there I feel I have learned everything.
10. Why do you want a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?
I would like the opportunity to educate both consumers and potential employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
I would like to start my career as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor because I am confident that my skills I have acquired in my educational training and my internship have provided a knowledge base to provide effective services to persons with disabilities and within the career I can continue to assist each consumer in learning how to reduce barriers which have presented as barriers to their vocational goals and independent living.
Because there is no better feeling than helping someone achieve independence again. I want that feeling for the rest of my life. I want to continue to help people, I want to be the person that can guide them back to life they invisioned. I also want to be challenged, I want to have hard time with clients, with getting them placed, or getting them motivated, because this is where I learn the most.