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30 Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
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What percentage of your practice is marriage therapy?
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As a Marriage and Family Therapist, the majority of your work may or may not be marriage counseling. Do your research to determine what type of therapy the particular office you are applying to focuses on. If your work history didn't comprise much of marriage counseling be sure to mention this to the interviewer, the last thing you want is for the majority of your caseload to be appointments you're not accustomed to treating.
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1.
What percentage of your practice is marriage therapy?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, the majority of your work may or may not be marriage counseling. Do your research to determine what type of therapy the particular office you are applying to focuses on. If your work history didn't comprise much of marriage counseling be sure to mention this to the interviewer, the last thing you want is for the majority of your caseload to be appointments you're not accustomed to treating.

Heather's Answer
"My current position is made up of approximately 60% marriage counseling. I chose to apply to this position because I've wanted to focus my career on marriage counseling. I'm excited at the opportunity to learn and grow in this field and help couples find happiness in each other."
2.
Are you part of a professional association that credentials marriage and family therapists?

This question may be your chance to be able to connect with the interviewer. If you are part of an organization that members of your interviewing panel is, you'll be able to connect and possibly engage in a casual conversation about that month's topic. Being able to personally connect with the interviewer will set you apart from the rest of the candidates.

Heather's Answer
"I am a member of the American Association for Family and Marriage Therapy. Being a part of this association gives me the opportunity to network with fellow therapists, participate in online education and learn more about fellow therapists research."
3.
Are you reachable in a crisis?
The work of a Marriage and Family Therapist is never ending. You may find yourself working overtime, weekends or even evenings. If you are flexible with your schedule let the interviewer know. If you are strictly a 9-5 you'll have to have good justification. The important thing to relay to the interviewer is that you have good time management skills. Do you work evenings simply because that is the only time your clients can meet? Have you found yourself working weekends due to emergencies? There is always a special occasion to work outside of your normal hours. Make sure you let the interviewer know that you are able to leave work at work and pick it up the next day.

Heather's Answer
"I'm very flexible with my schedule. I've found that evenings and weekends are sometimes better with my clients. If flexibility is needed in this job we can work together to create a schedule that works best for the clients and the office."
4.
How did you first become interested in counseling and therapy?
This question is similar to "tell us about yourself." Tell the interviewer what it was that made you decide to pursue your Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Whether is was guidance from a family member or a counseling class you took in college, share a brief personal story that shows why you chose the career.

Heather's Answer
"tell us about yourself."
5.
What kind of evaluation process do you use to recommend a treatment plan?
As a Therapist, you interview your client to determine their current problems and outline the goals and strategies that will assist them in overcoming their issues. Tell the interviewer how you gather information, follow an outline to ensure you ask all the pertinent questions, note observations during your interview and determine your diagnosis.
6.
What psychotherapeutic approaches and tools do you use?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you integrate cognitive, dialectical, psychodynamic, and interpersonal psychotherapeutic approaches into your treatment. Tell the interviewer that you would use cognitive behavior therapy technics when working with couples to focus on their thoughts and beliefs, and how they influence one another.

7.
How do you involve key family members or friends?
As a Therapist, you may choose to involve your client's families in your therapy. Tell the interviewer that it can improve communications, reduce stress, and help your client's recovery. Tell the interviewer that you start by educating the family, introduce the family in a low-stress environment, stay focused and positive for both the client as well as the family and focus on the future instead of the past.
8.
What is your communication style?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, your communication style should be effective. For this answer, you will want to tell the interviewer how you communicate as a therapist as well as an employee. As an LMFT, you must communicate with clients to gain information, convey critical information and make important decisions. Without effective communication skills, you may not be able to obtain or convey information and cause detrimental effects to your clients. As a team player, your communication style should be direct, honest and collaborative. Share a situation where you had effective communication and what the outcome was.

Heather's Answer
"My communication style in both my professional life and personal life is to be factual and honest. I've found that this achieves the most effective results."
9.
What would your most recent supervisor say about you?
Now is your time to brag a little, assuming you made a good impression at your last job. Keep that letter of recommendation in your back pocket so the interviewer can follow up and learn more about your role and accomplishments in your last position.

Heather's Answer
"My last supervisor would say that I was dependable, hard working and organized."
10.
How would you describe your treatment style?
Many treatment styles exist. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you may find yourself incorporating different styles based on the situation. Tell the interviewer if you prefer a cognitive behavioral therapy approach or alternative forms of therapy like art or music. Talk about how you have developed your style of counseling through your education and research. You may make modifications after trying different approaches with clients and identifying that some strategies work better than others.
11.
What did you like most about your previous position?
As an LMFT, what made you want to come to work each day? Was it the team that you were a part of or the excitement of a new case every day? Relay to the interviewer what you liked best and that you are excited about the opportunity to find it in the new position.

Here is an example: "At my last job I worked with a great team of professionals. I look forward to meeting the team here and build professional working relationships."
Heather's Answer
"At my last job I worked with a great team of professionals. I look forward to meeting the team here and build professional working relationships."
12.
What is your greatest strength?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you know this question will be asked! Don't choose an answer that you think the interviewer wants to hear. Choose a characteristic that you possess so you can show how it relates to your career. Have you become more empathetic and it allows you to relate with your clients more? Do you pride yourself in creating boundaries with your clients as to not get too emotionally involved?

Heather's Answer
"Over the years I have learned skills and ways to improve my active listening with my patients. Every session I build a better rapport with my clients through effective active listening."
13.
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't read from your resume.
This question can be your permission to be a little silly and share something unique about yourself. It's always important to make that great first impression or make an impact that the interviewer will remember you. Sharing a short story with the interviewer that had something to do with the job position would be a plus, but not necessary. Whatever you share, make it positive and not too personal. Don't share details about your night out with the girls last weekend.

Here's a sample answer: "Last week I started volunteering at our local animal shelter. I was able to help 6 dogs and 2 cats get adopted. I don't have a pet of my own so I've really enjoyed the time that I spend there."
Heather's Answer
"Last week I started volunteering at our local animal shelter. I was able to help 6 dogs and 2 cats get adopted. I don't have a pet of my own so I've really enjoyed the time that I spend there."
14.
Why should we hire you?
Obviously, you want a job to pay your bills but during your interview is not the time to bring this up. Tell the interviewer why you chose to apply to their position and how their goals align with yours. Did you want to start working with adults because you've spent the last five years working with children? Whatever your reason, make your answer positive and throw in how you can bring something to the table.

Heather's Answer
"While I was in school I had the opportunity to volunteer with your organization. I learned so much from you all that when a position came up I knew I wanted to work there and give back to other volunteers."
15.
How do you help your couples set goals?
Give the interviewer a step-by-step approach to how you would help your client. Give an example to make it more concrete. You could start by talking about one or two issues your hypothetical client might be dealing with. Paint a picture using examples and talk about results. Tell the interviewer how you were you effective in helping your client set and attain their goals.

Heather's Answer
"Through individual and couple therapy I encourage my couples to make individual goals as well as goals as a couple. I focus on the importance of being their own person as well as a healthy couple."
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Interview Questions
  1. What percentage of your practice is marriage therapy?
  2. Are you part of a professional association that credentials marriage and family therapists?
  3. Are you reachable in a crisis?
  4. How did you first become interested in counseling and therapy?
  5. What kind of evaluation process do you use to recommend a treatment plan?
  6. What psychotherapeutic approaches and tools do you use?
  7. How do you involve key family members or friends?
  8. What is your communication style?
  9. What would your most recent supervisor say about you?
  10. How would you describe your treatment style?
  11. What did you like most about your previous position?
  12. What is your greatest strength?
  13. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't read from your resume.
  14. Why should we hire you?
  15. How do you help your couples set goals?
  16. How do you decide which approach is best for the patient? Do you ever use more than one approach? When?
  17. How long do your counseling sessions last?
  18. What are the measurable criteria you use to assess how well treatment is working?
  19. Do you take your work home with you? Or do you leave it at the office?
  20. Why are you interested in this agency?
  21. Tell me about your education.
  22. What other centers have you applied to?
  23. What counseling issues do you prefer to refer to another therapist?
  24. What counseling issues do you feel you are best trained to handle?
  25. How do you see the importance of keeping a marriage together when there are problems?
  26. Can you tell me about your background and training in marriage and family therapy?
  27. What are your career goals?
  28. What types of patient is most difficult for you?
  29. What type of patients do you typically work best with?
  30. What are your salary expectations?
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