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Substance Abuse Counselor Interview Questions

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What three words would you use to describe yourself?

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List of 30 Substance Abuse Counselor Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What three words would you use to describe yourself?

  2. 2.

    How do you monitor the progress of treatment?

  3. 3.

    Do you use motivational incentives with your patients?

  4. 4.

    What individual has had the greatest influence on you?

  5. 5.

    What kind of supervisor gets the best work performance from you?

  6. 6.

    What are the main challenges that your patients face?

  7. 7.

    What are your career goals?

  8. 8.

    Describe your counseling style.

  9. 9.

    How would your colleagues describe you?

  10. 10.

    How do you adapt to a wide variety of people, situations, and environments?

  11. 11.

    How do you manage confrontations with patients??

  12. 12.

    How do you build trust with a patient?

  13. 13.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

  14. 14.

    What is your greatest strength?

  15. 15.

    Why are you seeking new employment?

  16. 16.

    What is your greatest weakness?

  17. 17.

    What would your former employer say about you?

  18. 18.

    What was your biggest disappointment as a substance abuse counselor?

  19. 19.

    If a patient was not recovering as planned, how would you react, and what new steps would you typically take?

  20. 20.

    Why did you become a substance abuse counselor?

  21. 21.

    What is your greatest accomplishment as a substance abuse counselor?

  22. 22.

    How do you manage a large workload?

  23. 23.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

  24. 24.

    In addition to substance abuse treatment by a counselor, what other services may your patients require?

  25. 25.

    What psychological signs of drug abuse do you look for in your patients?

  26. 26.

    What sectors or professional environments have you worked in?

  27. 27.

    Explain what "slip" is in a substance abuse patient.

  28. 28.

    Explain what "relapse" is in a substance abuse patient.

  29. 29.

    What would you suggest if a patient slips or relapses?​

  30. 30.

    What are your salary expectations?