Host said: Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming guidance counselor interview?
Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?
Here are a few things off the top of my head (I have 10 yrs experience)
1.How would you deal with a difficult parent? (Always let them know you hear them; listen; diffuse; set goal;)
2. How do you balance meeting the needs of staff, administration, parents and students? (By being a good mediator and also by putting the students best interest (safety) first.
3.What makes you a good leader? (listening skills, goal-oriented, task oriented, love a challenge, willingness to listen to others ideas, not alienating staff or parents)
4. How can you help our school climate be more positive? (By role-modeling positive, friendly behavior (always address anyone visiting school as if they are a visitor in your home), be visible, know your students, talk to teachers face/face instead of email and/or notes when possible.
5.Do you have experience with behavior modification plans? (you can google this and find many)
6. What is a 504 Plan? (google this; this question ALWAYS COMES UP)
7. Are you familiar with IEP plans?(get a hold of one that has some social skills services built in and read it)
8.What makes you a good guidance counselor? (insert own answer! or....good listening, mediating skills, ability to wear many hats and multi-task, positive reinforcement for staff, students and families.
9. Do you have experience with outside agency referrals? (look up some mental health programs in area you are interviewing in a be familiar with their services)
10. What would some of your goals be as a counselor (insert own answer! or...to know all kids name in caseload by end of year; keep as many things off principal's desk as possible (staff/student issues; parent/staff issues etc); be proactive instead of putting out fires, create positive guidance depart.climate by always following up!! GOOD LUCK