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Top 25 Behavioral Health Technician Interview Questions

Question 1 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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Do not be afraid to talk about an incidence where you have made a mistake. The ability to admit to your mistakes shows the interviewer that you are being honest and have truly learned something from them. Discuss a situation with a specific patient or physician interaction and what you learned from it. Example: "I was busy updating notes on patient A when I was approached by a doctor who had asked me to take notes on a patient B and record their upcoming session. Since I was multitasking, I did not hear the doctor's request and forgot to record patient B's session. The doctor, of course, was a bit disappointed, and I sincerely apologized. From then onwards, I have made it a point to pay attention to anyone who is talking to me even if I am in the middle of something important. It is imperative that as a behavioral health technician, I respect the institution and act in the best interest of my patients.
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Question 2 of 29
Why should we hire you?
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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."
For this question, you want to be brief but advertise yourself to the prospective interviewer. Example: "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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Question 3 of 29
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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Question 4 of 29
How well do you work with people?
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Question 5 of 29
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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Question 6 of 29
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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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 are you the best behavioral health technician for us?
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Question 9 of 29
Why do you want a career as a behavioral health technician?
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Question 10 of 29
What tools do you use to efficiently manage your time?
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Question 11 of 29
What do you most enjoy about your current role?
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Question 12 of 29
How do you handle working under pressure? Do you have a process that you follow?
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Question 13 of 29
In the realm of behavioral health, what do you consider your specialty?
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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
Have you supervised group activities?
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Question 16 of 29
Tell me about how you de-escalated patient interactions?
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Question 17 of 29
Are you actively interviewing with other facilities or hospitals?
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Question 18 of 29
What do you know about us as a company?
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Question 19 of 29
Do you prefer to work alone, or in teams? Can you please explain your answer.
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Question 20 of 29
Describe your key strengths and weaknesses.
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Question 21 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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Question 22 of 29
What is your highest education level?
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Question 23 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 24 of 29
When handling multiple patients and physicians, how do you stay organized?
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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
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 27 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 28 of 29
What are your hobbies?
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Question 29 of 29
What motivates you?
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Question 1 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.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I listen very well when people speck to me, at the moment I cannot think of a mistake cause by lack of listening.
2.
I had a miscommunication once with a deadline. Once I figured out the miscommunication I was able to finish my project on time.
3.
These type of mistake never happened to me.
4.
I recorded the wrong address for a Lowes delivery which caused minor confusion, but was easy to sorry out.
5.
I was working with a young boy with autism and he had asked for something very specific, to watch a certain show on television, and I was not paying close enough attention and put on the wrong program. He started to have a bit of a tantrum, and after a few calm questions worked the situation out with him.
6.
I pride myself on being a good listener, but sometimes that does not translate into truly hearing what is said. One time I submitted the wrong paperwork because I misinterpreted a situation that a co-worker explained to me. The co-worker was correct, he just had a different way of looking at the situation than I did, and I should have asked for further clarification before proceeding.
7.
States that she hasn't had an incident where she made a mistake due to not understanding what someone was wanting her to do.
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I opened a student's breakfast one morning when I obviously should have let them do it, and he was trying to tell me in screeches that I now know what they mean.
9.
My mom told me not to ride my bike down to my uncles house, but instead I did.. And I suffered the consequences of breaking my arm.
10.
I always ask question and have them to repeat so I want make a mistake.
11.
Never, I listen very well, and I pay close attention to detail, so it hard for me to miss things.
12.
I made the mistake of not clearly defining boundaries with my coworker defined by the community agreements set in place. Basically I spent to much time with one person as opposed to spending time with numerous people .
13.
I'm a good listener. I sak questions were there is need.
14.
I once took a reservation and forgot to write it down, worked in a restaurant and so when the guests came, they didn't have a place to sit and eat.
15.
Telling someone to go take medicine when it wasn't time patient became upset.
Question 2 of 29
Why should we hire you?
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1.
I feel you should hire me because I will be an asset to this team. Along with my skills in working with youth and adolescents I possess leadership qualities and am quite dedicated.
2.
You should hire me because I am a fast learner, fixable, reliable, caring, passionate, understanding. I have experience in working with different personality and behaviors. For example 100's of people come in and out of my store. I am in contact with angry people, happy people, aggressive people, and complicated people. I feel that I will be able to do the job in an effective manner.
3.
I am hard worker and quick listener.
4.
I have the required experience, I have worked the clients at butler, I have read through their service plans, they have discussed their goals with me. I do have the experience to further their recovery efforts to get them to desired goals of ge.
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I have a lot of experience and training in this field.
6.
Because I have experience working with children and this position will be a great part of my experience for the field of speech language pathology. As I will have to work with children that have Autism as a part of my field.
7.
I am the right person for this job.
8.
I'm passionate about working with youth and making a difference in their lives. I'm familiar working with families and organizations in the community. I have an incredible ability to establish rapport and help a client feel comfortable with me.
9.
Because I care for the well being of other, I love helping others, I'm compassionat and I posses a great amount of empathy.
10.
I think I would be a good fit for the company because I love working with people so they can provide a better future for themselves.
11.
I am experienced in home childcare, particularly personalized care. I am passionate a.
12.
I am an attentive listener . I enjoy people and I value compassion.
13.
If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills. Whatever goals I set, I ensure to complete them within a stipulated time.
14.
Am honest, dependable, patient, and drtermined.
15.
I believe that you should hire because I am self-motivated, eager to work with children with autism, and I possess the education to work with this population.
Question 3 of 29
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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For better employment.
2.
While I enjoy working at my current job, it is not a job that will help me advance in what I am passionate about.
3.
I want to work in an environment where I get to use more of the medical techniques and skills that I learned while volunteering. I also love interacting and creating rapports with patients over time which is something you cannot really do here.
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I am looking for a position that allows me to use my skills and knowledge I've obtained through my academics while also helping people who may have a behavioral or mental struggle.
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Working as a pool staff has given me the opportunity to work at various say sites including the Crc. I am ready for more challenge.
6.
Company is going out of business.
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I need relevant experience, and thus happens to be something I'm very passionate about. This is the ideal place for me to be.
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I want the ability to flourish with a company and leave a lasting impact upon the lives that I touch.
9.
I have enjoyed my time with DUS, but I feel it is time to move on to a career. Specifically a career that utilizes my educational background, and provides me an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
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Left last job because move to NWA. Has sisters in the NWA area.
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I am seeking a new start for my new career path.
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I am looking to further my skills in the mental Heath fied.
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The position will end soon.
14.
I feel like there is no room for growth and l feel l will get it here.
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I am a compassionate person and enjoy helping patients the best way possible.
Question 4 of 29
How well do you work with people?
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I am very calm and easy to get along with others and try to help to the best of my abilities.
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I have the ability to connect with others immediately. I do well when it comes to group work.
3.
Really well. I have really great customer service skills. Honestly I really try to put myself in the patients shoes and treat them as I would like to be treated.
4.
I work very well with people. Working in retail, I interact daily with people. I know how to work with all different types of people.
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Very well, I love helping people.
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Very well . I always try to make good relationship with people .
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I believe in team work pulling our individual skill in order to achieve a goal.
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Very effectively. I have almost 5 years working with the general public and building meaningful relationships.
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I've spent my entire working life working directly with people. I love being around people, getting to know them, and ultimately being a positive impact on their life.
10.
I pride myself on being able to get along with people from all walks of life. I see people for who they are, and believe that we are all here to help one another.
11.
I work very well with other people. I prefer to be in a position where multiple people provide input, as everyone approaches problems differently, and often times another person's perspective will help reach the best decision.
12.
Likes to talk to people. States that she doesn't have a problem asking people to help her if needed.
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I work very well with people.
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Very well. After working with children it has really opened up a new side of communication and how to deal with people.
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I'm reliable, hard worker and will to learn everything I can learn.
Question 5 of 29
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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Working in the mental health field with children that have developmental disabilities.
2.
Ten years from now I see myself working as a counselor or school psychologist.
3.
A_____. Furthering practice the skills and knowledge I have learned while doing what I am most passionate about.
4.
I see myself working in a position that allows me to help people, whether it be mentally and emotionally. I know I want to have a rewarding job.
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I see myself in a position of helping people with mental instablilities as well as being a mentor.
6.
Acquiring knowledge and required skills for the nursing aspect of behavioral health.
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Working in the mental health field as a counselor.
8.
Happy. I see myself carrying out valuable research that benefits everyone suffering from or treating mental illness.
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Ten years from now I see myself with my Master's degree working as a case manager with either HIV positive children, or working with hospice patients helping them to birth out with dignity.
10.
Ten years from now I see myself in a career where I am able to help others thrive. I also hope to be happy, and a good role model to my own children as well as the children I help in a professional capacity.
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Wants to go back to school to be a LPN.
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As a BCBA working with a company, helping as many children as possible.
13.
As a speech language pathologist, running my own clinical business and loving what I do.
14.
Moving up in this position.
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I see myself content in my living situation and employment helping as many people as I can and helping myself also.
Question 6 of 29
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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I have gotten along with all the supervisors I have worked with.
2.
I have never had difficulty with any of my supervisors.
3.
I have, but do believe in team work. I do believe pulling individual skill to achieve a goal.
4.
Nothing ever substantial, but I've had disagreements. Nothing ever prohibited me from working alongside them, though.
5.
I have had my fair share of difficult supervisors, but at the end of the day they do not define who I am. I do my job as set forth by the guidelines of the position and I ensure that my work is always superior.
6.
Has not any problems with supervisors.
7.
Yes, I have disagreed on some minor things.
8.
There are several types of managers and each has their own style of management. There have been occasions that I did not agree with the decisions . I have managed myself and it is a delicate balance to manage people.
9.
I have never had difficulty with a supervisor. I have discovered that as long as you do what you are suppose to do and follow directions, you will not encounter conflict with the supervisor.
10.
Not really. I understand that their my supervisor. I do what they want.
11.
I have had good luck with my supervisors. I have had a few differences in opinion on teaching strategies or curriculum decisions, but I was able to discuss them professionally.
12.
Yes, I have had difficulty with a supervisor in the past but it was know longer difficult because we sat down and talk about he situation at hand to resolve the problem.
13.
No sir cant say I have. I have been forture to have wonderful no nonsense supervisors that push there team to want more.
14.
I have never had difficulty with a supervisor.
15.
Yes I have had supervisors. But I was always able to talk to them and explain my thought process and they would let me know know what was going on. My supervisors and I worked well together.
Question 7 of 29
As a Behavioral Health Technician, what do you believe is your best asset?
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1.
I am very inquisitive. I love to help people find what makes them comfortable and how they can function easier in life.
2.
Communication, I believe in strong communication skills will help in any situation forming a relationship with the client and helping them reach their goals.
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I believe my best asset is my adaptability. I can comfortably get along with people of all ages, genders, and walks of life. I enjoy talking to others and learning about them. I like to think of myself as a chameleon who can adapt in different social and professional settings.
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My best asset would be my ability to connect and communicate with others. I feel this is important because people going through programs such as these need someone they feel they can connect to.
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A time I wasnt able to listen well is because a client was interupting a superviosor and I for atttention.
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My ability to adapt to different situations in an efficient manner.
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My best asset would have to be Ability to get along with many different personalities.
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Patience and good listener.
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My empathetic inclination has always been a part of my life. It's one reason that I hope my friends appreciate me and one reason I hope I have positively impacted strangers lives, too.
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I believe that my calm and level demeanor is one of my best assets. I know how to stay calm an assertive during an intense situation, and many times that has helped me to diffuse a situation that could have otherwise become quite volatile.
11.
Patience. I am willing to put in the time to make sure that the person I am trying to help feels like they are truly being heard and that they have input in their treatment.
12.
To be a good role model. Talking with residents, help them to understand. Treat them as she wants to be treated. Stated that she wouldn't cuss at them.
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Experience with students on the spectrum, my commitment to the fine details and my love of learning.
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I am patient and know what to say and when to say it. I have a passion with working with kids and love my field. I am stern but gentle and am always there to listen.
15.
I maintain confidentiality and the safety of all m clients.
Question 8 of 29
Why are you the best behavioral health technician for us?
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I am calm in nature and have the ability to collect data and deal with crisis management situations. I also have the desire to help those with mental illnesses so I can hel make a difference in their lives.
2.
I feel I am the best behavioral health technician because of my qualifications. I understand the intake process and I also know how to come up with activities related to client needs. Along with this I will soon become certified in crisis intervention in Monroe county. I have observed A.A. Meetings and have obtained skills in counseling.
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My passion for helping others is very strong.
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I am hardworking and quick learner.
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The passion I have for the field of psychology is ineffable. I look at this philosophically, but I make sure to separate the illness from the patient which I believe is very important.
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I believe that I am the best technician for you because of my forward thinking and the experience that I bring.
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I believe that I would be the best candidate for your job because I will never stop trying to improve. Education is a life long quest, and I am always searching for ways to grow and learn as a human being.
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I have had many years of experience working with children, three years to be exact. I worked with kids of all ages; tutoring in math and science at kumon. I did this for a year, and then continued to work with children through private tutoring. Later on, I worked for four months as a teacher assistant and loved going to work with the kids each and every day!
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Because I understand that behavior is something the client can't control.
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Because I'm reliable, depebdible and I enjoy what I do. I mean, I love making clients fee important, and that the have another chance.
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I am compassionate. And caring.
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I'm d best cause I have work so many places. As a mental health. Assistant and school counselor help to over come there there challenge and achieve there needs.
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I have done this for many years and so l have lots of knowledge on this job.
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Dependable. .Hard working.
15.
I will not let you down and I will not give up until my job is done and a child is more independent and confident within his or her self.
Question 9 of 29
Why do you want a career as a behavioral health technician?
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I love being able to help people and actually seeing them change for better.
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I would like a career as a behavioral health technician because this career closely relates to my skills and abilities. During my education at social work I observed intake sessions, A.A. Meetings, and learned counseling skills.
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It will be a time where I can apply every thing I have learned thus far and prepare myself for my future career.
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I want a rewarding career. I want to have a helping hand in changing lives. I want to make a difference; small or large.
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This is an exciting career where I can utilize my skills, help others and learn alot of exciting new things.
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I love to help people for solving their problems.
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Because these people come here seeking help. They have family that wants them to get help, wives, husbands, children that depend on us. I want to be that positive impact.
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I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of those around me. I know and understand that mental illness is no laughing matter, and that as human beings we all deserve to have the best lives available to us.
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I feel that a career as a behavioral health technician would allow me to truly help people.
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Like dealing with people.
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Experience in my field as an SLP, and to be able to see the challenges of working with children.
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To learn all I can learn.
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Because I love making people fee like they have hope.
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Helping people achieve their goals is a rewarding experienc.
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This is my dream goal.I see my self as a helper . A counsellor .. And I love to be with d less privellge people.
Question 10 of 29
What tools do you use to efficiently manage your time?
Question 11 of 29
What do you most enjoy about your current role?
Question 12 of 29
How do you handle working under pressure? Do you have a process that you follow?
Question 13 of 29
In the realm of behavioral health, what do you consider your specialty?
Question 14 of 29
Have you implemented or revised individual patient treatment plans and goals?
Question 15 of 29
Have you supervised group activities?
Question 16 of 29
Tell me about how you de-escalated patient interactions?
Question 17 of 29
Are you actively interviewing with other facilities or hospitals?
Question 18 of 29
What do you know about us as a company?
Question 19 of 29
Do you prefer to work alone, or in teams? Can you please explain your answer.
Question 20 of 29
Describe your key strengths and weaknesses.
Question 21 of 29
Give me an example of when you had a particularly difficult patient, how did you go about handling him or her?
Question 22 of 29
What is your highest education level?
Question 23 of 29
Talk to me about your daily technician related activities from when you come in and leave the facility.
Question 24 of 29
When handling multiple patients and physicians, how do you stay organized?
Question 25 of 29
Do you have any pertinent certifications? If not, are you planning on getting certified in the near future?
Question 26 of 29
If you work with a patient who tells you that they are being physically or emotionally abused, what would you do?
Question 27 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.
Question 28 of 29
What are your hobbies?
Question 29 of 29
What motivates you?

About Behavioral Health Technician

August 17th, 2017

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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