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Top 30 Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview Questions
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Why do you want a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
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List of Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview Questions
  1. Why do you want a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
  2. What is the most difficult decision you've made.
  3. What is your biggest weakness?
  4. What is your greatest strength?
  5. How do you manage confrontations with patients?
  6. How would your co-workers describe you?
  7. How would your boss describe you?
  8. How do you monitor the treatment of your patients?
  9. How do you handle a patient that has relapsed?
  10. How do you incorporate behavior therapy in your treatment?
  11. Describe your counseling style.
  12. How do you manage a large work load?
  13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  14. Who is your mentor?
  15. What excites you the most about a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
  16. What is your philosophy towards work?
  17. What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
  18. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
  19. What was your biggest disappointment as an alcohol and drug counselor?
  20. How do you evaluate success?
  21. Why should we hire you?
  22. What have your achievements been to date?
  23. What are your salary expectations?
  24. How well do you work with people?
  25. Do you consider yourself a leader?
  26. Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
  27. By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  28. What decisions are easiest for you to make?
  29. How do you handle your anger?
  30. Tell me about your previous boss.
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Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Alcohol and Drug Counselor Information
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.
Alcohol and Drug Counselor User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
Why do you want a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
Question 2 of 30
What is the most difficult decision you've made.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Even though I might be pretty green when it comes to certain aspects of counseling, I am passionate about community harm reduction and fully invested in continued education and training to become a great counselor.
Question 3 of 30
What is your biggest weakness?
Question 4 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
Question 5 of 30
How do you manage confrontations with patients?
Question 6 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
Question 7 of 30
How would your boss describe you?
Question 8 of 30
How do you monitor the treatment of your patients?
Question 9 of 30
How do you handle a patient that has relapsed?
Question 10 of 30
How do you incorporate behavior therapy in your treatment?
Question 11 of 30
Describe your counseling style.
Question 12 of 30
How do you manage a large work load?
Question 13 of 30
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Question 14 of 30
Who is your mentor?
Question 15 of 30
What excites you the most about a career as an alcohol and drug counselor?
Question 16 of 30
What is your philosophy towards work?
Question 17 of 30
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The major challenges and problems were identifying dual-diagnosis problems and making sure the coding was correct.
Question 18 of 30
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
Question 19 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as an alcohol and drug counselor?
Question 20 of 30
How do you evaluate success?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I measure success by making a plan and setting goals to be accomplished with a specific length of time and meets specific criteria.
Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
Question 22 of 30
What have your achievements been to date?
Question 23 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I know the devastating effects of alcohol and drugs has on the individual, family, and social functions first hand. I would like to educate others on how to recover from addiction.
Question 24 of 30
How well do you work with people?
Question 25 of 30
Do you consider yourself a leader?
Question 26 of 30
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
Question 27 of 30
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
Question 28 of 30
What decisions are easiest for you to make?
Question 29 of 30
How do you handle your anger?
Question 30 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.
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