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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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"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."
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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Question 3 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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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."
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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Question 4 of 35
Why did you choose to apply in our school?
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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."
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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Question 5 of 35
Why did you choose a career as a counselor?
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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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User-Submitted Interview Answers

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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I will provide teachers and administrative with an master schedule at the begin of the school year, inform them of my individual and small group counseling session, classroom guidance lesson and my responsive time. I will always let the staff know that my students come first, if any crisis or suicide incident takes place.
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Being flexible, open for interupptions.
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I would develop a weekly schedule where I would develop specific days and times to meeting with students/staff/parents. I would schedule one day where I would complete paperwork.
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Time management would be very important. I would balance my time between the needs of the students first and then keeping up with the paperwork. Even if I had to stay past school hours I would make sure that all of my work was finished before the days' end.
Question 2 of 35
Who is your role model? Why do you look up to this person?
Question 3 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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I see myself growing with this school district and taking on new challenges. Bringing my creativity, dedication, and leadership and implementing my skills to always improving student life. Having built rapport with school staff, students, parents, and administrators. Having established a career.
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I see myself working with either elementary or middle school students in my role as school counselor.
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I see myself right here at FJH helping working toward the success of students and staff.
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In the next 5 years, I see myself established in a school setting where I have created numerous connections with students, staff and families to provide the best support possible. I plan to continue to learn to be the best by continuing professional development in the areas.
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What is the counseling theory or approach the you most usually follow.
Question 4 of 35
Why did you choose to apply in our school?
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What innovated theory or approach yo most closely follow.
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I know FJH is a multicultural Title 1 school that believes and cares about every student and staff member. I know that Writing and Social Studies are areas of concern and that intervention is necessary. I know that we are building parent and community relationships. We empower all students to achieve excellence by helping them fulfill their own potential for success in a safe enriching environment.
3.
Since my children have been going to school year for the past 8 years, I know quite a bit. I have always known Sacred Hearts to be a family-oriented, spirit filled school that has helped my children to grow in God's love, as well as academically.
Question 5 of 35
Why did you choose a career as a counselor?
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1.
My love for helping students.
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What is the counseling theory or approach that you most closely follow?
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I have a burning desire to motivate and guide children in their academic, social, etc. Lives.
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I chose a career as a counselor, because I wanted to help students make a different and encourage them to be productive citizens of the world.
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I want to make a difference. As teachers we are charged with insuring our students academic success and truth be told that isn't always easy. Students come to us with all sorts of issues which hinder their learning. As a teacher I have implemented interventions such as small groups, or one on one discussions. Helped students set goals in order to improve. Worked with students on coping skills and provided strategies to help them be successful.
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As a teacher, I felt like there were some students I couldn't reach because I had to focus on the academics. Also, I noticed my morning meetings running into my academics, so I thought that would be a better fit for me.
7.
To help others achieve goals they never thought they'd overcome.
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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A successful case I have handled was a young girl who was so used to being bullied at her old school, she felt inferior to everyone she encountered. At first she was reluctant to share with me, but I was able to build a relationship with her and got her to express her feelings through sand play. She was able to manipulate the scenario on a playground in any way she chose. I learned a lot from her positioning of the animals: the small puppy was hiding under the slide while several lions stood on a nearby hill seeming to be watching all she did.. Her fear was evident in the scene she created. As she slowly opened up to me, I concentrated on activities which would allow Cindy to explore her feelings. This included things such as, self-talk and many role play activities. We also created an action plan setting goals which would allow cindy to explore her newfound confidence. As time progressed Cindy would go back to the sand scenario and things would change. She now had ventured out from under the slide, and was joined by a small cat.
Question 7 of 35
What is your greatest strength?
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I would say my greatest strength is empathy. I feel I am able to put myself in another's shoes and understand where they are coming from. In doing so, I feel this is the first step in building positive relationships.
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I am a good listener. Whether it be in my family, faculty or students I can honestly listen to what is being said and in turn am empathetic towards whoever is talking.
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My greatest strength is that God gave me the gift of Encouragement. I often find myself playing that cheerleading role for students, as well as staff. It's important to understand that God wants us to be successful and encouragement from others can ensure that it happens.
Question 8 of 35
How do you try to counsel students who are known to cause violence?
Question 9 of 35
How would you explain cultural differences to students?
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Cultural differences are imperative to keep in mind when counseling. As a counselor I must know not only the student, but his background as well. Just like differentiated instruction, there is not one size fits all counseling. I feel we should celebrate the cultural differences in our school, and keep the strengths and weaknesses in mind when counseling.
Question 10 of 35
What influenced you to be a school counselor?
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My passion for helping students become well rounded individuals.
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My passion for helping students become well rounded individuals.
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I have always wanted to be a counselor. Being a single mom, I waited until my children were older and then went back to school. I have always enjoyed helping others and am a servant at heart. I aim to eliminate conflict and I feel in a way teacher's do this on a daily basis as well.
Question 11 of 35
Why would you make a great school counselor?
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I will do whatever it takes to help a child succeed. I will be their biggest advocate, and work with them to insure they are successful.
Question 12 of 35
What would you do when a student tells you that he or she wants to drop out of school?
Question 13 of 35
What experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a counselor?
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What experiences have you had that make you feel capable of being a counselor?
Question 14 of 35
What would you do if a student told you she was touched inappropriately by a teacher?
Question 15 of 35
As a counselor, how would you use your role to prevent violence in school?
Question 16 of 35
What is your experience with parenting programs?
Question 17 of 35
What is the difference between Counselling and Coaching?
Question 18 of 35
What experiences have you had in working with special education students?
Question 19 of 35
Why should we hire you?
Question 20 of 35
How do you manage your time?
Question 21 of 35
How do you keep yourself organized?
Question 22 of 35
What is the difference between a therapist and a school counselor?
Question 23 of 35
Describe a challenging experience while you were counselling a student. What did you do to overcome it?
Question 24 of 35
For you, what is the role of a school counsellor?
Question 25 of 35
How do you handle criticism?
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?
Question 27 of 35
What steps would you take if a student told you he or she was being abused?
Question 28 of 35
What would you do if a student tells you that they want to end their life?
Question 29 of 35
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Question 30 of 35
What is the role of the school counselor in relation to teachers, parents, and administrators?
Question 31 of 35
What makes you most passionate about being a school counselor?
Question 32 of 35
Can you share an experience when you went above and beyond to help a student?
Question 33 of 35
What do you do to relieve stress?
Question 34 of 35
How would you handle an irate parent?
Question 35 of 35
You witnessed a bullying incident. How will you address the situation?

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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