"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.
"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?
"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.
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.