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Top 30 Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
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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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 question is your chance to show that you’re up to the task of making right decisions in challenging situations.

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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. It is always challenging to fire those that you have worked with so closely; however, everyone should be responsible when it comes to their work efforts."
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Question 3 of 30
What is your biggest weakness?
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When answering this question, remember that the interviewer is not looking for someone that is perfect. They want someone who is insightful when it comes to their shortcomings. Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this 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."
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Question 4 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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This question is a 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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"My greatest strength is my ability to bring everyone together. Not only for projects or during work but I have a knack for bringing people together outside of work as well."
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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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Creators of Alcohol and Drug Counselor Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 05/29/2013
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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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 emotions at work?
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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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