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1. If a client is unmotivated to find work, how do you react?
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Heather Douglass
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
February 27th, 2017

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Vocational you help people with disabilities live fuller and more independent lives by assisting them in securing gainful employment. Your clients may have physical disabilities and injuries, mental illness, psychological disorders or substance abuse problems. You often work directly with clients as well as their families, doctors, speech therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and other service providers in order to optimize a client’s readiness for work. As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor you recognize that employment helps boost the self-esteem of those with physical and mental impairments, and helps them to play a greater role in their own care. You help your clients achieve their goals and arrange training, therapy, job skills, and support systems that lead to success.

Skills you posses as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor are communication and problem-solving skills, empathy and the desire to help people fulfill their goals. You have amazing listening skills, compassion, and patience while working with your clients. A knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act is vital for serving as clients’ primary advocate.

Practice, practice, practice. As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, one of your duties is to conduct interviews, so you need to impress! Have a story handy of your most challenging client that you were able to secure employment for. Be sure to have the Americans with Disabilities Act details in your back pocket as this is your guide for assisting you clients.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions
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Are people naturally at ease with you?
 
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I am a people person interns of professionalism, I know how to relate with clients better.
 
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Yes, very much so. I don't think I can help everyone but for those looking for help, I will work with them.
 
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How do you check if a work placement was a success?
 
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Check in with placement and get feedback from their employers. Also have the employee write a reflection piece on their time during the placement.
 
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Talk with the employer and the employee.
 
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What area of VR work do you find challenging? How do you try and improve upon those challenges?
 
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The area that I find to be the most challenging in VR is the area of working with client who aren't motivated by want help. I find that to be a challenge because our whole job is to help people and when you can't do that job it's challenge and you get a little frustrated because you really want to help clients and see them prosper but when they don't have the same motivation as you it make it hard. I think a way to challenge that is by doing the best you can do as a counselor. That means calling and following up as much as you can send progress notes or contact letters. Use all the resources you can to help that client find the most appropriate work and after that continue to be their and when their ready you will be ready and waiting.
 
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Setting boundaries and maintaining them. Improve on these challenges by ensuring client knows boundaries and are being reminded of these consistently.
 
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For twelve months, you are unable to find a client a job, how do you stay focused and think of new ideas to get this person working?
 
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Continue searching for new job opportunities that open up for the client and encourage them that something will happen eventually. Basically having a positive and optimistic view point.
 
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Get them to try all methods of contacting employers. Job fairs, phone calls, going into places of employment, creating videos to submit online (depending on job).
 
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What do you feel is the most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess?
 
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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.
 
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I feel the most important skill a vocational rehab counselor should possess is compassion.
 
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How do you assess a client's abilities and work-readiness?
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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My greatest weakness is analyzing problems to the extreme. I am improving this weakness by becoming less analytical and streamlining problem solving.
 
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I sometimes get emotional and I am trying to work on my emotions, not to cry during counseling sessions in the presences of the clients.
 
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What is your experience with our local demographic?
 
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I have extensive experience with our local demographic as I have worked with many agencies within the Niagara region doing a variety of tasks and with a diverse group of people.
 
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I have been able to work with this population a few times during my internship. Also during my practicum lot of the kids that I worked with had learning disabilities or autism things like that so I have had experience on the professional side on the personal side I have tow god bothers who have autism and an uncle who has MR. I even did my senior project in high school with an older gentleman who had autism. I was able to help him along with his case work to teach him how to do certain things at home like the laundry, washing dishes, simple cooking. That experience taught me that everyone has the capacity to learn and achieve things they just might have a different way of doing those things. We have to break it down to their way of learning and they can be successful.
 
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Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
 
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Helping a homless women find employment and eventually help her find a home through public housing.
 
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Helping others help themselves.
 
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What is the most difficult situation you have had to face as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and how did you tackle it?
 
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I was faced with a situation were a person had given up on life and the world. We together found hope, sometimes moment by moment, got over some troublesome hurdles and found success not only in employment but hope for the future.
 
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A male client tried to intimidate me because I am a woman, but I over came my fear based upon being empowered not to be intimidated by any one. I did not give up the counseling sessions with the client, but rather achieve a successful counseling relationship with he male client.
 
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What do you know about our organization?
 
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I know that the organization is one of inclusion, dignity, respect with many more core values I embrace in my own personal life. I know that you have the ability to help others find the tools, help and even hope to become successful.
 
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I know it helps people with substance use and abuse or alcohol abuse, mental health issues, mothers and families, teen pregnancy, those who have been incarcerated and mandated to the program and the elderly.
 
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What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
 
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I have received many trainings and have worked with at risk youth in a prison.
 
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By schooling, training, internships, counseling etc.
 
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As a vocational rehabilitation counselor your range of clients will be from people coping with physical disabilities, injuries, mental illness and substance abuse problems. Are there any types of clients you have difficulty working with?
 
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Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to work with the aforementioned clients and have no types of clients that I have difficulty working with. I have, in the past, however had difficulty working with enmeshed/enabling family members.
 
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As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, how do you empower and motivate your clients?
 
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I would empower and motivate my clients by listening to their story; specifically listening for and asking about, their particular interests, strengths, abilities, and talents. Utilizing the client's personal disclosure, build upon those interests, strengths, abilities and talents to encourage motivation and going forward.
 
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Have you ever assisted a client with interview preparation?
 
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Yes, I often had clients, with anxiety issues, require assistance of interview preparation. The way I assisted these clients was to conduct a mock interview with them and gave constructive feedback, that most importantly, picked out strengths.
 
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While working with a client, have you ever had to involve their family, doctor and other health care professionals?
 
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Yes. While working as a behavioral health therapist/counselor and with Adult Protective Services, I have always involved family and community care professionals to ensure adequate continuity of care.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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By reflecting and analyzing how to be a better worker.
 
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I tend to react very calmly and try to use logic to assess and respond to the situation. I like to think before I act.
 
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What are your qualifications in regard to this job?
 
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I have a bachelor and master of social work degree and am anticipating my social work license in the next month. I have experience being a former client of the New Mexico works program when I was an undergraduate student in need of educational support.
 
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I am organized, punctual, have the ability to prioritize work loads and I am task oriented. I find helping people very rewarding. I am vested in our clients.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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I am a hard working and a respectable worker.
 
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I am a strong believer of your program and just how effective it can be in the lives of clients served. I am eager to become a part of the team and create meaningful change in our community.
 
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Tell me about a successful case you were involved in.
 
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I helped a young mother become employed and continue her education.
 
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Counseled a client that had gender issues, with a history of substance abuse, prostitution, stealing and incarceration.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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I am a humble, respectable, hard worker.
 
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I am a highly motivated, independent person. I want to achieve career success by gaining experience with vocational rehabilitation and perhaps complete more post graduate education in the field.
 
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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor?
 
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Active listening, it helps me to capture the taught and feelings of the clients, this enables me to help them better.
 
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My greatest strength is my hardwork, good time management, punctuality and well organization which I believe as a vocational rehabilation councler will help me alot.
 
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
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I see myself working as a vocational rehab counselor.
 
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Working as a supervisor in the counseling field.
 
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Are you experienced in creating resumes and cover letters?
 
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I have extensive experience in creating resumes and cover letters as evidence by conducting years of Life Skills group sessions (adults, prison transition, transitioning adolescents)
 
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HR Specialist in Healthcare
 
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