School Counselor Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your School Counselor interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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As a counselor, how would you use your role to prevent violence in school?

Offer multiple solutions so the interviewer knows that you have considered different scenarios as you plan this action. Having enough options is important so you are ready for unexpected scenarios.

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40 School Counselor Interview Questions & Answers

Preparing for a school counselor job interview can be stressful, but with the right mindset and preparation, you can impress your interviewers and land the job. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your interview.

First, research the school district and the school you're interviewing for. Learn about their mission, values, and culture. Determine their strengths and weaknesses. Discover the population they serve. This will help you tailor your answers to align with their needs and show that you're invested in their community.

Next, review these common interview questions for school counselors and practice your responses in the mirror or with a friend. Be prepared to discuss your counseling philosophy, how you handle difficult situations, and your experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

During the interview, be friendly, confident, and enthusiastic. Listen carefully to the interviewer's questions and answer them thoughtfully. Use examples from your past experiences to demonstrate your skills and knowledge.

With these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared for your school counselor job interview and ready to showcase your skills and passion for helping students succeed.

  • Capability

    1. As a counselor, how would you use your role to prevent violence in school?

  • Career Goals

    2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • Communication

    3. How do you handle criticism?

  • Compatibility

    4. Why would you make a great school counselor?

  • Compatibility

    5. What is your favorite age group to work with and why?

  • Compatibility

    6. What is your greatest strength?

  • Competency

    7. What is the difference between a therapist and a school counselor?

  • Competency

    8. What is the difference between Counseling and Coaching?

  • Conflict

    9. How would you handle an irate parent?

  • Critical Thinking

    10. How do you try to counsel students who are known to cause violence?

  • Critical Thinking

    11. What would you do if a student told you they were touched inappropriately by a teacher?

  • Customer Service

    12. Can you share an experience when you went above and beyond to help a student?

  • Direct

    13. Why should we hire you?

  • Direct

    14. What is your counseling philosophy?

  • Direct

    15. Why did you choose to apply in our school?

  • Discovery

    16. What influenced you to be a school counselor?

  • Discovery

    17. How would your role as a school counselor support this school's mission?

  • Discovery

    18. Who is your role model? Why do you look up to this person?

  • Discovery

    19. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

  • Discovery

    20. What makes you most passionate about being a school counselor?

  • Discovery

    21. Why did you choose a career as a counselor?

  • Diversity

    22. How would you explain cultural differences to students?

  • Experience

    23. What experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a counselor?

  • Experience

    24. What is your experience with parenting programs?

  • Experience

    25. What experiences have you had in working with special education students?

  • Operational

    26. How would you divide your time between meeting the immediate needs of the students and keeping up with the paperwork?

  • Organizational

    27. How do you keep yourself organized?

  • Problem Solving

    28. What would you do when a student tells you that he or she wants to drop out of school?

  • Role-Specific

    29. How do you manage your time?

  • Role-Specific

    30. How do you advocate for students?

  • Role-Specific

    31. For you, what is the role of a school counselor?

  • Role-Specific

    32. What is the role of the school counselor in relation to teachers, parents, and administrators?

  • Scenario Based

    33. Can you share an experience when you had to work on a project with teachers? What was your role and how did your group go about the task?

  • Scenario Based

    34. Describe a challenging experience while you were counseling a student. What did you do to overcome it?

  • Situational

    35. Can you walk us through a time when a case you handled failed? If you would be given the chance to redo it, what would you do differently?

  • Situational

    36. You witnessed a bullying incident. How will you address the situation?

  • Stress

    37. What do you do to relieve stress?

  • Tough

    38. What steps would you take if a student told you he or she was being abused?

  • Tough

    39. What would you do if a student tells you that they want to end their life?

  • Tough

    40. How do you think our school could improve?

  • Questions to Ask at a School Counselor Interview

    Asking thoughtful questions at the end of your job interview is crucial for several reasons. It shows you are engaged in the conversation and genuinely interested in the position. It also offers an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the role and the expectations of the organization.

    However, asking questions at the end of your interview can also have drawbacks. If you ask questions that could have been easily answered when researching the school or reading the job description, the interviewer will determine that you do not have strong attention to detail and did not do thorough research.

    It is still strongly advised to have at least five questions to ask, even if you only ask two or three of them. Here are examples of five effective questions to ask:

    1. What are some of the school counselor's most significant challenges in this position?

    2. Can you describe a typical day or week in this role?

    3. How do you measure success in this position?

    4. How does the school support its students' mental health and well-being?

    5. What opportunities are there for professional development and growth in this role?

    Asking these questions will give you a better understanding of the job and demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to the position.

    About the Author

    I began my career in emergency medical services (EMS) over 30 years ago, working as a Firefighter-Paramedic, EMS Captain, Mental Health Technician, ER Technician, EMT and Paramedic Adjunct Instructor, and EMS Educator. During my career, I served on over one thousand interview panels to help various organizations choose the right candidate for the job.

    My interview experience includes hiring emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, professors, school counselors, nurses, medical assistants, school support staff, home health aides, and physician assistants. I have created curricula and training materials to prepare candidates for interviews and held mock interview courses for healthcare and educational professionals. I have coached paramedic and EMT students to pass their licensing exams and counseled and mentored many other healthcare professionals in providing compassionate patient care.

    As a coach and contributor for MockQuestions, I am excited to help you navigate your upcoming school counselor interview. While these questions assess your critical thinking and communication skills, interviewers also ask these questions to gain insight into your personality to determine if you will be a good fit with the company culture. Remember to be relaxed and be your authentic self. Best of luck in acing your interview!

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