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How to Prepare for a Substance Abuse Counselor Interview

How to Prepare for a Substance Abuse Counselor Interview

Being in an interview room with someone can be mentally taxing in and of itself, never mind the challenging nature of the work ahead when dealing with people who struggle with addiction. To prepare in advance of an interview, it is helpful to consider interview questions they might ask. The following list of tips may help build confidence for that next interview as a substance abuse counselor.

Be Prepared

There is nothing more daunting than walking into an interview unprepared. To interview for a counseling job working with people who have substance abuse issues, the first requirement will be a certification as an alcohol and drug counselor. Interview questions will likely explore personal experiences as well as your understanding of the role of counselor and concepts surrounding substance abuse treatment, including:

  • Why do you want the job? Be able to communicate what makes you passionate about substance abuse counseling. You will spend a lot of time with people who are in various stages of the process. Be sure to convey examples of traits that will make you a good fit for the position to help you feel like a stand-out candidate. Highlight career goals and how this places is a good match for you.
  • What have you learned from previous mistakes? Everyone makes mistakes but the goal is to answer how you learned from those mistakes previously. Specific examples will help while vague responses may make you seem less credible. Be prepared.
  • What is your biggest weakness? Practically nobody likes this question but it is often asked in interviews for a reason. The interviewer does not want to hear yourself talk, but they want to know if you are aware of weaknesses and challenges on the job and how to address them positively when they arise at work.
  • Why should you be hired over others? Without sounding too bold, it helps to reveal your strengths but also talk about how you are working to build skills and experience while supporting others at a challenging time in life. Let them know why you’re invested in helping others and why they should invest in you.

Additional Questions

Some other questions may come up, so be aware of how to handle them, including:

  • Handling aggressive clients
  • Monitoring progress in treatment
  • Supporting a client who relapses
  • Dealing with a crisis or emergency

The interview will likely wrap up with opening the floor for questions. It helps to come with some of your own and repeat why you are excited for the position of counselor. Respond with enthusiasm and express interest throughout the interview for the best overall outcomes. Even if you don’t get the job, you know you rehearsed, practiced, and let them know why you should be hired.

Our substance abuse counselors and treatment professionals are highly trained and qualified in the field of addictions and substance abuse. With a wealth of knowledge, we work to support client goals towards recovery. To find out more information about Serenity Detox, call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401