Give an example of time one of your patients did not overcome their circumstances. It could be that they had to go back to jail or maybe they committed suicide. It could also be the realization that some issues are beyond your ability to repair. Show that you can come to a place of acceptance about the situation. Explain why you were disappointed and how you handled it. Be sure to keep patient confidentiality top of mind when answering this question
"One of my patients was struggling with a drug addiction that caused him to take his own life. It was really difficult for me to hear the news because it felt like we were making such great progress. In the end I had to accept that I can only do my best. There are some problems that are deeper than you or I can understand."
Entry Level answer example
"My biggest career disappointment so far was not landing the practicum that I really had my heart set on. I truly felt like I had nailed the interview but unfortunately, it was not enough. Despite the disappointment, I was able to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. The practicum that I ultimately ended up in, then opened the door for me to land my first full time counseling position. In the end, I ended up where I needed to be."
Experienced answer example
"In my current role, we do a lot of fundraising in hopes that public funding will help us to keep some of our free support groups and programs open. This past year we did not meet our targets and it was really upsetting to see some of the programs close due to lack of funding. We have made a strong 5 year plan, in response to this disappointment. With this plan, I am confident that we will be able to reinstate these programs in the coming months."