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Top 30 Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions
Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
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Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
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"I chose to enter a career in mental health because I want to help people who are in need. There are many ways to help people. You can try to make changes in society and in institutions, but I prefer to work with people directly. I think that if a person has the right mental tools, they'll be more likely to be resilient and to survive and thrive in whatever environment or situation they happen to be in."
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Question 2 of 34
How do you help clients set goals for counseling?
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"I had a client who was struggling with an eating disorder. We set small goals to help her take better control over it. We looked at the bigger picture of her life and found opportunities where she could take control, like her job and her living situation."
"I had a client who was working through his depression. I determined that CBT would be one effective modality to treat him and we set goals to challenge his negative thoughts and set the habit of asking himself what someone else might say about his situation. Once he developed this habit, he told me that he really felt his depression lifting, and we continued to give him tools to manage his emotions and perceptions."
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 effective in helping your client set and attain their goals.
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Question 3 of 34
How do you measure progress?
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Question 4 of 34
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 5 of 34
Why is medication important for some clients to progress in their counseling?
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Question 6 of 34
Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
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Question 7 of 34
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 8 of 34
What makes you a great counselor?
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Question 9 of 34
How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
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Question 10 of 34
Do you have a high level of patience?
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Question 11 of 34
What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?
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Question 12 of 34
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Question 13 of 34
What is your availability in an emergency?
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Question 14 of 34
How have you handled a client who failed to progress?
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Question 15 of 34
How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
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Question 16 of 34
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 17 of 34
Are you accustomed to working with diverse populations?
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Question 18 of 34
What type of emotional and behavioral challenges have you dealt with in the past?
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Question 19 of 34
Tell me about a challenging client and the approach you took to help them solve their problems.
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Question 20 of 34
What kind of medical information do you need? Will a medical evaluation be needed before treatment begins?
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Question 21 of 34
What are your career goals?
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Question 22 of 34
How do you make recommendations for a plan of care?
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Question 23 of 34
Have you worked with a patient who you believe was misdiagnosed? How did you handle it?
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Question 24 of 34
Tell me about a time when you saw significant improvements in a client's life?
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Question 25 of 34
How would you define success?
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Question 26 of 34
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 27 of 34
What would you do if a client said they wanted to kill himself/herself?
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Question 28 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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Question 29 of 34
Tell me about your counseling experience.
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Question 30 of 34
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
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Question 31 of 34
Tell me about your education.
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Question 32 of 34
How has your training prepared you for this role?
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Question 33 of 34
How would you describe your counseling style?
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Question 34 of 34
Even though this is an 8-5 job, clients may contact you any time of day, are you comfortable with that?
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