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Behavioral Health Technician Interview Questions

29 Behavioral Health Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 29
Why should we hire you?
How to Answer
ThFor this question, you want to be brief but advertise yourself to the prospective interviewer.

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"Based on our interaction today, it sounds as if you're looking for a technician who can hit the ground running with minimal training. With over ___ years of experience in the field, and my education in ____, I feel that I can offer a new perspective and dimension to the clinic."
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"Based on our interaction today, it sounds as if you're looking for a technician who can hit the ground running with minimal training. With over ___ years of experience in the field, and my education in ____, I feel that I can offer a new perspective and dimension to the clinic."
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"I did a lot of research prior to our interview and learned that you are one of the top facilities in the Northeast for Drug Addiction treatment facilities. Since that is my specialty​ and I want to pursue my career in this particular sector, I think I would be a great fit for this clinic."
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Question 2 of 29
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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Talk about pursuing a better opportunity. Do not discuss internal disagreements or talk poorly about your colleagues or boss. This will cast a negative light on you - always keep the interview positive.

Here is "I have worked in my current role for ___ years and feel that I have reached my potential at this particular clinic. While researching your clinic, I was noticing how you have more programs that focus on ___, which is what I am interested in pursuing. I also feel that this clinic would provide me with more growth opportunities."
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"I have worked in my current role for ___ years and feel that I have reached my potential at this particular clinic. While researching your clinic, I was noticing how you have more programs that focus on ___, which is what I am interested in pursuing. I also feel that this clinic would provide me with more growth opportunities."
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"I've worked with my current employer for the last 5 years. I'd like the chance to work with a more diverse population and your company offers that."
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Question 3 of 29
How well do you work with people?
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As a Behavioral Health Technician, you'll not only work one on one with a patient but you may also be a part of a multidisciplinary team. Describe your role when you work on a team. Tell the interviewer if you've been in a leadership position, took charge on a project or was recognized for your interaction with clients or staff. Provide an example of how you successfully completed a team task or project. Discuss any challenges and how you resolved it.

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"I enjoy working with people because it teaches you the value of teamwork. Last week we worked on a community project that identified and assisted members of the community. I developed a great relationship with our community as well as got to know my co-workers better."
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"As a Behavioral Health Technician, I work with people every day. I've built trust with my clients as well as a great working relationship with my coworkers which I value every day."
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Question 4 of 29
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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The interviewer is interested in your long-term​ goals. This question is meant to ask if you are motivated and are a good fit for the company and if you have thought about a future in your career.

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"I want to find a role where I can grow professionally and personally and take on challenges. In 10 years I'd like to be in a management role, pursue further education and build a career here."
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"Ten years from now, I would like to be supervising or managing a team of my own. I am confident that I will progress at a rate that will make this a possibility."
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Question 5 of 29
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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Question 6 of 29
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
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Question 7 of 29
As a Behavioral Health Technician, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 8 of 29
Why do you want a career as a behavioral health technician?
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Question 9 of 29
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 10 of 29
What are your salary expectations?
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Author of Behavioral Health Technician 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.
First written on: 06/12/2013
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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Question 11 of 29
Are you actively interviewing with other facilities or hospitals?
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Question 12 of 29
Tell me how you de-escalated patient interactions?
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Question 13 of 29
Have you supervised group activities?
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Question 14 of 29
Have you implemented or revised individual patient treatment plans and goals?
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Question 15 of 29
In the realm of behavioral health, what do you consider your specialty?
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Question 16 of 29
What questions do you have for us?
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Question 17 of 29
What do you most enjoy about your current role?
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Question 18 of 29
What tools do you use to efficiently manage your time?
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Question 19 of 29
What do you know about us as a company?
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Question 20 of 29
Do you prefer to work alone, or in teams? Can you please explain your answer.
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Question 21 of 29
Describe your key strengths and weaknesses.
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Question 22 of 29
What are your hobbies?
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Question 23 of 29
Give me an example of when you had a problem for which there was no easy solution, and you had to think outside the box.
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Question 24 of 29
If you work with a patient who tells you that they are being physically or emotionally abused, what would you do?
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Question 25 of 29
Do you have any pertinent certifications? If not, are you planning on getting certified in the near future?
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Question 26 of 29
When handling multiple patients and physicians, how do you stay organized?
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Question 27 of 29
Talk to me about your daily technician related activities from when you come in and leave the facility.
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Question 28 of 29
What is your highest education level?
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Question 29 of 29
Give me an example of when you had a particularly difficult patient, how did you go about handling him or her?
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About Behavioral Health Technician

September 7th, 2018

Behavioral health technicians are also known as psychiatric technicians. These professionals work alongside doctors and nurses, assisting them with carrying out treatment plans for patients with different types of behavioral problems, from mental instability to post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. They work under the direct supervision of the doctor in charge of the patient's care. Your responsibilities in this role include providing and recording patient medications and assisting patients in their everyday activities.

Behavioral health technicians are usually employed by hospitals, mental health facilities and shelters. To be employed as a behavioral health technician, you must hold a certificate or an associate's degree in psychiatric technology or mental health technology. In some states, licensure is mandatory. In addition to excellent communication skills, you must genuinely care for your patients' welfare and be able to connect with patients of all ages if you want to pursue a career as a behavioral health technician.

During the interview, be prepared to emphasize your empathetic side in addition to your knowledge about the job. The most important quality that prospective clients want to see is that you genuinely care for patients. Everything else can be learned on the job. Volunteering at a community center, shelter or aged home, doing an internship with a non-profit organization within the country or spending time assisting an aid organization in a third world country are all ways that you can demonstrate your caring nature and your genuine interest in this role.




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