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Substance Abuse Counselor Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Heather Douglass

Updated on August 21st, 2018 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
Question 1 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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How to Answer
This is a very common interview question. Tell the interviewer that you are the best person for the job and that you have qualities, skills, and the experience that set you apart from the competition. If leading a team is your strength, let the interviewer know and that you are someone who will make an excellent addition to the team.

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Question 2 of 30
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
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How to Answer
This question is a shorter version of 'tell us about yourself'. Avoid the common answers such as 'team player' and 'organized' as the interviewer has heard these before. By describing yourself as loyal, honest and confident will suggest that you are not only good at your job but that you are a kind natured person. You may choose to answer this question that you are ambitious, diligent and hard-working suggesting that you are motivated to work towards a leadership position if given the chance.

Question 3 of 30
How do you manage confrontations with patients??
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How to Answer
As a Substance Abuse Counselor, you may encounter confrontations daily from your clients. Clients can get angry about diagnosis, what is discussed during sessions or out of the blue as they are trying to recover. Tell the interviewer how you manage these types of confrontations. Answer this question by telling the interviewer how you may enlist the help of a co-worker or follow a step by step list of instructions set by your clinic.

Question 4 of 30
Why are you seeking new employment?
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Don't get hung up on this answer. Of course, you’d love for your new position to pay extremely well, have an effortless commute, and ensure access to nap rooms during all work hours, but that’s not going to impress your interviewer. Answer this question by highlighting your skills and talk about how you’re looking for a place where you can use them.

Question 5 of 30
How would your colleagues describe you?
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How to Answer
When answering this question you will want to consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Good communication skills, attention to detail, and technical mindset are all important characteristics for any Substance Abuse Counselor. Tell your interviewer about having a good attitude when faced with difficulty or being willing to go above and beyond expectations to help someone out.

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Author of Substance Abuse Counselor Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 05/30/2013
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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