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Top 35 School Counselor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 35
How would you divide your time between meeting the immediate needs of the students and keeping up with the paperwork?
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Question 2 of 35
Who is your role model? Why do you look up to this person?
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Interviewers want to know your motivator/s or inspiration/s. When you are asked this question, highlight a trait that you admire about your role model and share an experience where you used what you learned from that person.

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"My mother is my role model. She is a very confident and smart woman who has an excellent work ethic. But more than anything, it is her compassion for others that I admire the most. I learned from her that success doesn't matter if you don't care for the people around you and help those in need. Because of that, I always try to help others to the best of my ability so I can make a difference in their lives in my own little way."
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Question 3 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Most people find it difficult to visualise long-term plans. If you haven't decided on one yet, do not say something that you don't mean. Be truthful but keep your answers simple and believable. It would also help if your 5-year plan is still related to the field you are applying for.

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"I see myself still in the counselling field, but I hope that by that time, I would have had more exposure in counselling various types of people - young children, older ones, those with special needs, etc. On a personal note, I hope that I am half way through finishing my PhD by then, if not finished."
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Question 4 of 35
Why did you choose to apply in our school?
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You don't have to memorise the history of the school to ace this part. You can mention what the school is known for (e.g. 'It is among the top private schools in the district', 'It is known for its stellar program for research') or focus on what they stand for (e.g. vision, mission and core values). You can use this opportunity mention personal values that are aligned with theirs.

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"The school has received numerous recognitions when it comes to both academics and sports, thanks to the holistic curriculum that you offer to your students. Personally, I believe that a person has to be well-rounded so your school's dedication to holistic development resonate with my own values."
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Question 5 of 35
Why did you choose a career as a counselor?
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Interviewers want to know a candidate's propensity to stay in a job for a long time. By asking this, they are able to gauge if this is a career that the candidate sees himself or herself doing for a long time or if it is a fleeting interest. Be genuine when answering this question since interviewers can easily tell if you are simply saying nice things to get the job. It helps to add a personal story that could solidify your answer.

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"I have always been a people person and I have this inclination to help others when they need it. Help comes in different shapes and forms, but for me, I want to help others in addressing their problems and improving their situations. So when I was choosing a degree for college, I decided to pick something that would allow me to do that and that's how I ended up in counseling."
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Question 6 of 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?
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Question 7 of 35
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 8 of 35
How do you try to counsel students who are known to cause violence?
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Question 9 of 35
How would you explain cultural differences to students?
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Question 10 of 35
What influenced you to be a school counselor?
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Question 11 of 35
Why would you make a great school counselor?
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Question 12 of 35
What would you do when a student tells you that he or she wants to drop out of school?
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Question 13 of 35
What experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a counselor?
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Question 14 of 35
What would you do if a student told you she was touched inappropriately by a teacher?
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Question 15 of 35
As a counselor, how would you use your role to prevent violence in school?
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Question 16 of 35
What is your experience with parenting programs?
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Question 17 of 35
What is the difference between Counselling and Coaching?
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Question 18 of 35
What experiences have you had in working with special education students?
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Question 19 of 35
Why should we hire you?
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Question 20 of 35
How do you manage your time?
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Question 21 of 35
How do you keep yourself organized?
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Question 22 of 35
What is the difference between a therapist and a school counselor?
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Question 23 of 35
Describe a challenging experience while you were counselling a student. What did you do to overcome it?
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Question 24 of 35
For you, what is the role of a school counsellor?
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Question 25 of 35
How do you handle criticism?
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Question 26 of 35
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?
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Question 27 of 35
What steps would you take if a student told you he or she was being abused?
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Question 28 of 35
What would you do if a student tells you that they want to end their life?
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Question 29 of 35
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 30 of 35
What is the role of the school counselor in relation to teachers, parents, and administrators?
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Question 31 of 35
What makes you most passionate about being a school counselor?
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Question 32 of 35
Can you share an experience when you went above and beyond to help a student?
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Question 33 of 35
What do you do to relieve stress?
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Question 34 of 35
How would you handle an irate parent?
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Question 35 of 35
You witnessed a bullying incident. How will you address the situation?
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About School Counselor

December 18th, 2014

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions, by helping them choose a career or educational program.

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