Schools look to counsellors to provide their students with academic, career and emotional support. In an interview context, come prepared to discuss how you would motivate students to succeed in the classroom, provide effective input on career development or deal with an emotionally tense situation.
Here are three top school counsellor interview questions and tips on how to answer them:
How to answer: Employers want to make sure you are the right fit, and one way to determine this is by evaluating your reasoning for choosing your career. Expressing your career motivations, your knack for problem solving, your love for helping others and your skills when it comes to working with children can help you make a favourable impression.
How to answer: Interviewers want to know how you would handle a child who is disruptive in class. Use this question to show your awareness of the school's policies, as well as your strong understanding of child psychology and your ability to communicate with both the student and their parent or guardian.
How to answer: Use this question to show you have done your research on the school you are interviewing at. You can also use this opportunity to discuss your firm grasp on what it means to be a school counsellor and how you will perform if hired for the position.
I said that kids need structure, but it's important to be flexible and patient and always to remember what it was like to be a kid. Less
Where I work we just tell them. There are consequences for actions. If you make a bad choice, you may lose 5 minutes of something for example, if you make good choices, sometimes you get rewarded, but we always praise good choices. Less
Nice, Hard Spanking, WITH THE BELT! and if they continue, pepper spray on the genitals. Less
After reaching out through phone contacts, emails, and mailed letters, I will make a home visit in attempt to visit with the family. I will discuss with the family any problems and together come up with a solution. I worked 17 years in CPS and our agency received calls of suspected abuse from schools. I will first discuss the concerns with my superior and follow their guidelines before contacting CPS. Less
I would try to reach out to the parents in whatever way possible to make a connection with them in the hopes they would be more willing to work with me. I would also work more closely with the student to figure out why his/her parents are not interested in working with a counselor as well as what the extent of the abuse is. Every case is different, so it is hard to say what I would do if the student does not admit to being abused but I still strongly suspect it is happening. Less
Identify a student who shows lots of empathy and ask her/him to be a lunch buddy. Lunch buddy can then introduce student to other friends/peers. Can also start a lunch bunch group and ask others who are shy/struggle with social skills to join as well. Less