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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions

1. 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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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.
Source: http://bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions

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How do you check if a work placement was a success?

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Listen to the client's concerns, help them understand their options, empower them to make a decision.
 
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I do not have any experience with being on one on one as a VR counselor however. During my practicum and internship I have been able to work with clients. Recently with a few clients one on one without anyone begin there. For example I was working with a client during my first intake by myself and I had a plan of how I was going to approach the client. . The client was shy and quite and he was younger so certain things he didn't know so I had to simplify them and break them down for the client. I think that experience right there has definitely helped prepare for this experience because it showed me that not every client is going to be outspoken and you might have to change your approach with the client so that they can better understand you and comprehend what's going on. In the MR DD caseload I may have to do that quite often and I may have to take a different approach and that's ok. You have to be willing to do what's best for the client but that's just one example that has prepared me for this position.
 

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#3 of 25

What area of VR work do you find challenging? How do you try and improve upon those challenges?

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Getting caught up in paperwork that slows the process.
 
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Finding employers that are committed to hiring the disabled.
 

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#4 of 25

If a client is unmotivated to find work, how do you react?

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If a client is unmotivated to find work you first react with talking to them about it. Disscussing with the client that this is a team effort and that I as your counsloer am going to do the very best that I can do for you but you also have to want it for yourself. I'm a firm believer that it doesn't matter how much others want something for you if you don't want it its probably not going to happen. Once you have a discussion with the client then we as a counselors continue to do our part we continue to do our part and hopefully that will inspire them to become motivated.
 
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Counsel on positives to employment but it is ultimately the client's choice to work and client's are less likely to stay in a job if not motivated to work.
 

Education Requirements

Rehabilitation counselors typically need a masterís degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. Some positions require certification or a license.

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#5 of 25

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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Consult with colleagues for ideas.
 
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You stay focus by still thinking about the overall goal of what we do is find employment. So if I haven't been able to help this client find a job then I haven't been able to do my job. So keeping focus on the overall job. Ways to come up with new ideas is by using as many resources as possible. Instead of looking at the same positions maybe lets focus on a new job goal. A different path. Lets try jobs that are closely related to what the client wants. Look at jobs besides on what's on the internet I know we get a consumed to using the internet but lets try maybe a paid internship. Or a different even like school to get them more training so they can find the job they want.
 

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#6 of 25

Do you manage your time well?

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Yes. Prioritizing your tasks and appointments are essential to effective time management. However flexibility is also critical in effective services. Meeting deadlines for the clients and department are key to proper time managment.
 
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Yes, I like to utlize things such as my calendar or phone to set a timer for specific tasks or meeting times, it helps me to stay on track.
 

Work Environment

Most rehabilitation counselors work full time.

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#7 of 25

Are you a people person?

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Definitely I love talking and being around people very social.
 
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I am most definitely a people person. I look for the strengths in all people I interact with and I encourage them to rely on these strengths.
 

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#8 of 25

What is your experience with this population?

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Over the last seven years I have been assisting military members and their families.
 
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I have five years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Some is with clients one on one and some is administrative.
 

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#9 of 25

What do you feel is the most important skill a vocational rehabilitation counselor should possess?

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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.
 
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Practicing compassion and empathy with each consumer.
 

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#10 of 25

How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?

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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.
 
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I am a big fan of my online calendar and color coding it. I have specific colors for different types of appointments and use red flags to show deadlines like Eligibility, plans and 10-day letters expiring.
 

Top 10 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor interview questions, voted as the top 10 on our website. Created on March 10th, 2016

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#11 of 25

Why are you the best vocational rehabilitation counselor for us?

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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.
 
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I am the best rehabilitation counselor for this agency because of the passion and desire I have to assist others in becoming self- sufficient with disabilities.
 

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#12 of 25

What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

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Greatest weakness would be caring too hard. Meaning I am do more for the client who is very emotional or emotionally detached. I take the steps needed as long as the client is reciprocal in the process.
 
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My weakness was trying to remember everything in detail by memory, but failed a few times, now I take time to write little notes to make sure that I get every detail messages I stayed of trying to remember everything.
 

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#13 of 25

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 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.
 
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I cannot recall a time that I did not listen to what someone had to say. I pride myself on being an active listener. I always do my best to listen attentively and reflect upon what the person is saying.
 

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#14 of 25

What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?

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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.
 
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Figure out what the problem is and then formulate several ways to solve the problem.
 

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#15 of 25

Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.

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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.
 
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Helping a client through a difficult process and landing the job they really wanted.
 

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#16 of 25

What made you choose a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?

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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.
 
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I wanted to assist individuals with disabilities live independently.
 

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#17 of 25

What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

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Getting a whole community on board with the newly revised Alpha Omega Homeless Services Program. I became active within the community and built rapport.
 
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Determing the correct evaluation or assessment the client should qualify for with their disability. Diligently pay attention to the behavior of the client to see if their behavior is not perdictible.
 

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#18 of 25

What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?

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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.
 
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I have took up a master course to study human behaviour.
 

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#19 of 25

What do you know about our organization?

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I know that your organization work for the individuals who have disability, your company review theirdisabilty claims, check with the doctors and establish eligibility for social security disability.
 
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It is a state and federally supported agency to assist people with disabilities find or maintain employment and independence.
 

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#20 of 25

Why do you want a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor?

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I would like the opportunity to educate both consumers and potential employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
 
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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.
 

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#21 of 25

How do you handle stressful situations?

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I try to engage in self care that enables me to remain productive. I also make an effort not to take personally any difficult interactions with clients.
 
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Try to find something to distract me/ find pleasurable activity.
 

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#22 of 25

Tell me about your work experience in this field.

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I have worked the last 12 years in the San jose office. Initially I was working with general cases and with hard of hearing only because there was another RCD in my office. For about the past 6 year I have worked with a primarily deaf and hard of hearing caseload as the primary Deaf counselor for my district.
 
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I have worked with senior adults in an outpatient facility. These groups meet three days a week. This group was an open group that contained individuals that were physically and or mentally incapable of functioning in society. Some of the individuals had been employed but due to their mental function they were be retrained to function. Some were of substantial means and some were on Medicaid. All received the same high quality service. We utilized CBT therapy as the made mode in the sessions depending on clients in the group.
 

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#23 of 25

What are your qualifications in regard to this job?

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I have worked with different populations with mental and physical disabilities and understand their special needs they require in society. A lot of society is not very forgiving for this population however most are able to become functioning, happy members of society with our help. I have a Masters in Counseling, Certifications in Special Education, certification Mental Health First Aid, and feel very at ease with these populations. I am not inhibited with anger or social status. We are all people facing life one day at a time.
 
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I have worked with different populations with mental and physical disabilities and understand their special needs they require in society. A lot of society is not very forgiving for this population however most are able to become functioning, happy members of society with our help. I have a Masters in Counseling, Certifications in Special Education, certification Mental Health First Aid, and feel very at ease with these populations. I am not inhibited with anger or social status. We are all people facing life one day at a time.
 

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#24 of 25

Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a counselor?

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My Master of Social Work degree prepared me with a strengths based and person centered perspective and a framework of social justice.
 
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In July 2004, I graduated from San Francisco State University. Unfortunately for me, due to budget cuts, the undergraduate Social Work Program at San Francisco State University was closed. Therefore, I graduated with a bachelorís degree in Liberal Studies/Psychology instead. Immediately after graduating SF SU, I was interested in working on getting a Masters in SW at SJSU but I wanted familiarize myself with their curriculum before I made a commitment. So, I took some undergrad SW courses at SJSU for a year. This is when I started my internship with St. Vincent De Paul and was introduced to the homeless population. After completing that internship was St. Vincent De Paul, I found employment with MView Comm. Services Agency and getting my MSW was put in the back-burner.
 

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#25 of 25

Why should we hire you?

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Based on my knowledge base both in my academic and professional careers, I am confident that I am able to further the goals of this office.
 
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I am a team player and very good at my job. I bring a positive attitude and willingness to start as soon as possible.