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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions
1. If a client is unmotivated to find work, how do you react?
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
January 7th, 2015

Rehabilitation counselors help people with emotional and physical disabilities live independently. They help their clients overcome personal, social, and professional effects of disabilities as they relate to employment or independent living.
http://bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm
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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If you have no prior VR experience, when have you dealt one on one with a client, in any type of work setting? How do you feel this prepared you for this position?
 
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Working in Human Resources, I focused on work and life skills. In counseling, I have provided support to those who were seeking jobs or experiencing job transition.
 
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I do have a vase amount of experience, not only as a VR counselor, but as a counselor in higher education. I believe that all of the work experience that I have as prepared me, or added skills to my ability to be a VR counselor. I am skilled at assessing needs and planning, as well as, developing very positive working relationships with people. I also have excellent organizational skills that allow me to get my work done very efficiently.
 
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Do you manage your time well?
 
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Yes, I do my best to manage my time well.
 
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Yes, I use a time meter at my desk.
 
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How do you check if a work placement was a success?
 
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You can call the client or the employee to check to see if a work placement was a success.
 
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By emailing, calling or making an appointment with the employer to get better insight.
 
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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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Properly the most challenging about VR work is getting employees to hire a person with a disability. To improve in those challenges is to find a company who is welling to hire a person with disabilities.
 
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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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This is a big challenge, something I like to dive into for sure! I would start networking more, getting on group email discussions, talking with the Chamber of Commerce, talking with other VR counselors in other towns to find out what they have done when this happens to them.
 
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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 keep track of your work so that it gets done on time?
 
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I would utilize the software available within the agency in addition to keeping my own written calendar.
 
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I keep a daily log of tasks that are completed or need to be completed.
 
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What is your experience with our local demographic?
 
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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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Going back to my undergraduate degree in vocational rehab I worked at the Voc Rehab Institute at Stout assisting with vocational assessment for VR clients. This was also my first position once I graduated. I conducted assessments and also conducted the Job seeking skills workshops. Next, I was a VR counselor for 11 years. So, I have had experience with many, many types of disabilities. Even during my time in higher education I have worked with individuals with various disabilities. So, I have never gone completely away from working with ind with disa. It's a population that I love to work with, and I get a lot of satisfaction from helping them to gain independence through work.
 
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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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Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
 
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I had some issues with writing formal letters at an internship but my supervisor corrected me and I improved this skill greatly.
 
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I never had to happen yet, however, I did an experience with a miscommunication with one of my graduate students.
 
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Why are you the best vocational rehabilitation counselor for us?
 
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I am vested in my community and the people who live here. I would have the ability to help other succeed with tools they don't know they have but already possess.
 
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I am a professional, respectable, diligent and hard worker.
 
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What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
 
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I analyze the situation, examine possible outcomes and determine the best one and which path will lead to it in an efficient manner.
 
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I write down the problem and evaluate the pro and cons and make my decision base of my evaluation.
 
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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 made you choose a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?
 
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I have compassion to help the needy.
 
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A sincere desire to help others overcome obstacles and achieve stability and increase their independence.
 
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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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How do you assess a client's abilities and work-readiness?
 
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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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Why do you want a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?
 
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The diversity of the clientele is a big draw for me. The ability to help and instill hope and self sufficiency in all disable people whether they be physically or mentally disabled.
 
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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.
 
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As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, how do you empower and motivate your clients?
 
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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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While working with a client, have you ever had to involve their family, doctor and other health care professionals?
 
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What type of job training would you recommend to most anyone?
 
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