Interview Tips for School Counselors

Here are some tips & ideas for interviews:

  1. Let them know how passionate you are about counseling.
  2. Tell them that one of your weaknesses might be planning a comprehensive program, but that you are up to the challenge with the help of another school counseling colleague (networking & consultation).
  3. Focus on how you are a team player

Share some experiences you had in your internship that helped you grow as a person and as a counselor.

Explain how you would help with a positive school climate:

  1. Being Visible
  2. Recognizing everyone for good work (teachers, cafeteria staff, admin, custodians, etc.)
  3. Creating a safe space for students (explain how you would do it).
  4. Programs for parents
  5. Family movie night
  6. Dad & Daughter lunch

Ask the interviewers:

  1. Will I be doing classroom, individual, & small groups?
  2. Will I have the freedom to run my own program and be supported?
  3. What duties will I expect to have (bus duty, etc.)


Dr. Poppy Moon is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor. She teaches in the Counselor Education Department at the University of West Alabama. Dr. Moon has written and illustrated many guidance related books, including Breaking the Boy Code and The School With No Rules.
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