Mental Health Counselor Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Mental Health Counselor interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What is your approach to goal setting with your clients?

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List of 30 Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    What is your approach to goal setting with your clients?

  2. 2.

    As a Mental Health Counselor, how do you define your success?

  3. 3.

    How do you approach making a recommendation for a clients' mental health care plan?

  4. 4.

    Why did you enter a career as a Mental Health Counselor?

  5. 5.

    Walk me through your professional counselling experience.

  6. 6.

    What would you do if a client disclosed to you that they do not want to live anymore?

  7. 7.

    How do you measure your clients' progress? What indicators do you look for to determine success?

  8. 8.

    What have you done in the past 12 months to improve yourself personally and professionally?

  9. 9.

    Discuss your short and long term career goals.

  10. 10.

    What do you know about our facility/organization?

  11. 11.

    What are your future career goals in the mental health sector?

  12. 12.

    Have you ever worked with a patient who you felt was previously misdiagnosed? If so, how did you handle the situation?

  13. 13.

    Walk me through your related counselling education. Where did you perform the best while achieving your credentials?

  14. 14.

    What methods do you use to help your clients speak up about their issues and needs?

  15. 15.

    Mental Health Counselors require a high degree of fortitude and patience. How have you developed these qualities?

  16. 16.

    What brings you the most job satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?

  17. 17.

    What do you believe makes you an excellent Mental Health Counselor?

  18. 18.

    Tell me about a time when you witnessed a significant improvement in a clients' situation through counselling.

  19. 19.

    Tell me about a time when your counselling strategies helped a client to address a substantial issue. What strategies did you deploy?

  20. 20.

    What is your greatest strength as a Mental Health Counselor?

  21. 21.

    What is your biggest weakness as it relates to this Mental Health Counselor role, and what are you doing to improve?

  22. 22.

    How has your training and experience prepared you for this Mental Health Counselor role?

  23. 23.

    How would you describe your counselling style, and how will it be a fit for our facility/organization?

  24. 24.

    What type of medical information do you look for when doing an initial client assessment before treatment begins?

  25. 25.

    How do you initially approach clients with co-existing mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?

  26. 26.

    What is your availability in the case of a client's mental health emergency?

  27. 27.

    Are you accustomed to providing mental health services to a diverse population?

  28. 28.

    Walk me through the range of emotional and behavioural challenges you have helped clients to overcome in the past.

  29. 29.

    Discuss a challenging case, the approach you took, and the outcome. What would you do again? What would you do differently?

  30. 30.

    Have you ever had a counselling client who failed to progress? If so, how did you handle the situation, and what was the outcome?