Guidance Counselor

Guidance Counselors are qualified to support student needs and help them through one of the most challenging times of life. (We’ve all been there, right?)

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. 

Top tips: 

  • 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?

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