To demonstrate strong listening skills, understanding for the problems the students face, and for their emotions, as well as knowledge of various situations that happen in a job of a school counselor, and a right way of addressing them, is a key to succeed in this interview.
Last but not least, the school representatives must see an ally in you, someone who would advocate for the students, but not at all costs. Let’s have a look at the list of questions they will use to assess your skills and abilities.
List of typical questions:
- Why do you want to become a school counselor?
- What do you want to accomplish on this position?
- What did you like the most on your studies?
- Why counseling, and not teaching?
- Do you plan to become a school psychologist later in your career?
- Why do you want to work as a counselor at our school? Why not some other institution?
- What is it that you like about working with (grade level) students?
- How would you gain the trust of the students?
- How do you handle criticism?
- What goals would you set for yourself in this job?
- How would you approach individual student planning?
- How important is the paperwork for you?
- How do you imagine a typical day in work as a counselor?
- How will you evaluate your school counseling program?
- What is the role of the school counselor in relation to teachers, parents, administrators and other counselors?
- How would you work with irate/angry/stupid/passive parent?
- How would you work with children from orphanage?
- What would you do if one your students told you she was pregnant?
- What would you do if a student shared with you their suicide plans?
- One of your students told you they were gay. How would you react?
- One student wanted to drop out of school. What would you do?
- Tell me about the situation when you experienced conflict with one of your colleagues.
- Describe a situation when you felt pressure in work.
- Describe a goal you achieved in your teaching (counseling) practice, and who helped you with achieving the goal.
- Why should we hire you, and not the other job applicant?
Let your heart speak
Try to show enthusiasm in your answers, and ask questions. Show interest for the problems the students deal with, for their life, for the challenges the teachers and the administrators face at school.
Remember, your personality matters more than your degree. If your answers convince the hiring managers that you have the right personality for a school counselor, they will hire you.
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