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Sample School Counseling Interview Questions 

  • What is your philosophy of school counseling?
  • Tell us about your experience in school counseling.
  • Describe your ideal school counseling program.
  • Name and describe three different roles of the school counselor.
  • What does the phrase developmental guidance program mean to you? Is it really possible to have a developmental guidance program?
  • Describe the program or activity you developed for which you are most proud. Why did you select this particular program?
  • Describe your view of an excellent working relationship between the school counselor and teachers. How would you go about achieving this relationship?
  • What are the limits of confidentiality?
  • What do you know about our school district?
  • What would you do if a teacher referred a student to you and then stops you to ask for information?
  • In your first days in a new school counseling position, what things/activities would you do to establish a positive working relationship with teachers?
  • A student comes to you and says her friend Jennifer is talking about killing herself. What do you do?
  • In a small support group 12-year-old John tells everyone he is tired of being picked on and is planning to shoot a boy who is bullying him. What do you do?
  • A student comes to you and begins to cry, telling you she is being picked on by two girls who used to be her friends. She shares with you that the problem has been going on for over two months and now it is getting worse. What do you do?
  • In a counseling session thirteen-year-old Sara tells you that her father has touched her inappropriately. What do you do?
  • When we get emotionally involved in a problem situation, it is often very difficult to be objective. Tell me about a time when you were proud of your ability to be objective even though you were emotional about a situation.
  • You hear a rumor from a student that two boys took some kind of pills in the cafeteria. What do you do?
  • What experience have you had with diverse student populations?
  • Why do you want to be a faculty member at our institution?
  • Describe a client whom you feel would be most challenging in treatment.
  • Describe the axes of the DSM-IV.
  • Give a case scenario and conceptualize it according to a theoretical framework of your choice.
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where you had to diffuse a serious problem? Describe the situation and what was the result?
  • Tell me about a client that you would be unwilling or unable to work with. What would you do in this situation?
  • Tell me about a time when you took a risk.
  • Tell me about a time when you were confronted with an ethical dilemma and how you resolved the problem.
  • What is your theoretical orientation, and how will you employ that in this position?



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