Guidance Counselor interview questions
Your ideal Guidance Counselor candidate will vary depending on the role, institution type and age of students—but whatever the work environment, you’ll always need a candidate with awesome communication skills and high emotional intelligence. They’ll be active listeners with an understanding and appreciation of the diversity in your institution.
- Listen: Keep an eye out for your candidates’ ability to prepare students for life beyond school, as well as during.
- Look for qualified candidates: Counseling is specialized work and requires credentials (think: MA in school counseling or social work/psychology specialization/state certification in school social work or school psychology).
- Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.
Role-specific interview questions
- What’s your favorite thing about working with (elementary/middle/high school) students?
- How is your role different from that of a social worker, mental health counselor, or school psychologist?
- How much experience do you have with LGBT students?
- How much experience do you have with special education students?
- Describe what you’d look for with an at-risk student.
- How do you balance cultural differences in a school setting?
- Do you have group counseling experience?
- What's the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP plan?
- When would you use a behavior management plan?
- Have you ever resolved a problem with an angry parent? What happened?
- How do you balance the needs of students, parents, and school admins?
- Have you ever had to help students cope with grief, loss, or mental health issues? How?
- What factors would you consider before recommending an outside agency referral?
- Have you ever coordinated efforts with other school specialists?
- How do you stay up-to-date with current guidance counseling trends?