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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview Questions

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

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

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I would rely on the report of the client as to their perceptions of their fit in the job and their ability to do the job successfully. I would also rely on the supervisor's perceptions.
 
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Keep regular contact with client for 90 days.
 

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

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.
 

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#6 of 25

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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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.
 

Work Environment

Most rehabilitation counselors work full time.

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#7 of 25

Are people naturally at ease with you?

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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 our local demographic?

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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 your 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.
 

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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

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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#12 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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#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 as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, 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 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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#19 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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#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

As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, how do you empower and motivate your clients?

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#22 of 25

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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#23 of 25

Have you ever assisted a client with interview preparation?

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#24 of 25

What type of job training would you recommend to most anyone?

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#25 of 25

Are you experienced in creating resumes and cover letters?
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