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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What excites you the most about a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know what aspect of working as a counselor is of the most significant interest to you. Before your interview, having completed some research on the interviewing company is essential. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing with the organization. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company. Show your passion as an alcohol and drug counselor. Tell the interviewer about some exciting milestones you've been a part of over the last few years if that information is applicable.
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1.
What excites you the most about a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
The interviewer would like to know what aspect of working as a counselor is of the most significant interest to you. Before your interview, having completed some research on the interviewing company is essential. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing with the organization. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company. Show your passion as an alcohol and drug counselor. Tell the interviewer about some exciting milestones you've been a part of over the last few years if that information is applicable.

Rachelle's Answer
"The thing that excites me most about work as an addictions counselor is knowing that a new challenge, and opportunity to help, will come through the door each day to challenge me and make me a stronger therapist. When it comes to this particular job, one thing that excites me is to be able to give back as an LADC supervisor."
2.
Tell me about your previous boss.
The interviewer wants to know more about your professional relationships. No matter how difficult, unfair or terrible your previous boss was, use this question as an opportunity to share what you learned from them and what you learned from your last role. The world of counseling can be small so avoid speaking poorly of anyone for whom you have worked!

Rachelle's Answer
"My former boss taught me the importance of precision. He was particular about every little detail, from preparing for client appointments to filling out reports. I learned how to tune my skills and identify the slightest details that could make all the difference in a life or death situation."
3.
Who is your mentor?
In this particular situation, your interviewer is looking to see if you have a mentor in the same career field. If your crazy best friend is your life mentor, you may want to censor and save those stories for another time. The interviewer wants to know from whom you get your professional direction and advice. Perhaps a professor has taken you under their wing. Share your story but make it brief.

Rachelle's Answer
"I've had several great mentors, but my most influential was Ms. Smith, my supervisor while I was working towards supervision hours in my first position. I truly learned a lot from her and felt I am the therapist I am today because of her."
4.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Now is not the time to be clever and tell the interviewer that you plan on being in his position in 5 years. Too soon my friend! What you will want to say to the interviewer is that you would like to move up the ladder, but earn your way there.

Some options for 5-years growth are:

- Entering another department that interests you but you do not yet have the experience required.
- Teaching and mentoring others who are junior to you.
- Finishing or elevating your post-secondary education.

Whatever direction you want to go in the next five years, ensure that your answer shows growth and excitement for what this particular organization is doing.

Rachelle's Answer
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5.
How do you manage a large work load?
You have likely become a fantastic multi-tasker through your counseling career. Tell the interviewer how you prioritize your workload to avoid getting overworked and behind. When your workload is unmanageable are you able to ask your co-workers for help? Asking for help and offering assistance, when able, will show the interviewer that you are a real team player.

Rachelle's Answer
"I arrive 20 minutes early to work each day. This punctual behavior gives me time to grab a cup of coffee, review my patient's charts, prioritize my to-do list and get started as soon as the workday begins."
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