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Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions

30 Mental Health Counselor Questions and Answers by on August 15th, 2020

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

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Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions

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

  2. 2.

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

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    What is your greatest strength as a Mental Health Counselor?

  4. 4.

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

  5. 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    What do you know about our facility/organization?

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

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

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

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    What is your approach to goal setting with your clients?

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

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

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

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    Walk me through your professional counselling experience.

  25. 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Discuss your short and long term career goals.