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Top 30 Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview Questions

Why do you want a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
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Question 2 of 30
What is the most difficult decision you've made.
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"In my previous position, I was in charge of hiring administrative staff for our Substance Abuse Clinic. We had an employee that was consistently coming in to work late despite many chances so I had to sit down with him and let him go."
"One of the most difficult decisions I've made recently was whether or not to involve family members in addiction treatment of one of my patients."
The interviewer wants to know how you handle challenging and stressful situations and how strong your critical thinking skills are. Tell the interviewer how you effectively approached the challenge, how you weighed the options and how you reached your decision. This is your chance to show that you’re up to the task of making good decisions in challenging situations so choose a good situation to describe.
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Question 3 of 30
What is your biggest weakness?
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"Public speaking has always been a weakness of mine. I've asked my current supervisor to keep me in mind whenever there is an opportunity to address a group of people so I can work on making this one of my strengths."
"Being organized wasn't my strongest point, but I implemented a time management system that helped my organization skills. Now I have a system that helps me keep on track and not fall behind on appointments."
When answering this question, remember that the interviewer is not looking for someone that is perfect. What’s something that’s a true weakness you want to improve upon?
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Question 4 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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"My greatest strength is my ability to bring everyone together. Not only for projects or during work but I have a knack of bringing people together outside of work as well."
"I have an extremely strong work ethic. Everything from coming to work 15 minutes early each day to my attention to detail while entering my notes."
This is a very common interview question. Tell the interviewer that you are the best person for the job and that you have qualities, skills, and the experience that set you apart from the competition. If leading a team is your strength, let the interviewer know and that you are someone who will make an excellent addition to the team.
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Question 5 of 30
How do you manage confrontations with patients?
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Question 6 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 7 of 30
How would your boss describe you?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you monitor the treatment of your patients?
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Question 9 of 30
How do you handle a patient that has relapsed?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you incorporate behavior therapy in your treatment?
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Question 11 of 30
Describe your counseling style.
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Question 12 of 30
How do you manage a large work load?
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Question 13 of 30
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 14 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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Question 15 of 30
What excites you the most about a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
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Question 16 of 30
What is your philosophy towards work?
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Question 17 of 30
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Question 18 of 30
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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Question 19 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as an alcohol and drug counselor?
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Question 20 of 30
How do you evaluate success?
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Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 22 of 30
What have your achievements been to date?
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Question 23 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 24 of 30
How well do you work with people?
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Question 25 of 30
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
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Question 27 of 30
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
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Question 28 of 30
What decisions are easiest for you to make?
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Question 29 of 30
How do you handle your anger?
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Question 30 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.
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About Alcohol and Drug Counselor

August 17th, 2017

As a Drug and Alcohol Counselor you help addicts with both crisis and long-term management issues. You find immediate medical help and prevent a return to addiction on an ongoing basis. As a Drug and Alcohol Counselor you help your clients find housing, employment, medical help, and peer support through groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and assist your clients in navigating public aid systems. Your day consists of interviews to assess clients addictions and mental health issues and work with the client to determine the best course of treatment.

As a Drug and Alcohol Counselor you have excellent listening, speaking skills and are able to communicate with a broad spectrum of people with varying educational levels. Compassion and optimisim are your greatest characteristics. You must also be able to remain calm under pressure and should be able to manage chronic stress.

During your interview you'll want to maintain eye contact and practice your active listening skills just as you would during a session with a patient. During your interview it will be important not to share patient details or any identifying information.

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