Early Intervention Specialist Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on: November 16, 2016

 

Your body language can be a surefire giveaway of your confidence or lack thereof, at an interview for early intervention specialist position.

While it is important to work on your job-related knowledge before you appear for an interview, it is equally important to understand that how you behave, makes a huge difference in how you are perceived.

Once you have prepared yourself for an interview (where attitude is concerned), you can begin your job-related preparation by looking through the following set of interview questions and answers:

 

Early Intervention Specialist Interview Questions and Answers

How does early intervention help children?
Children’s limitations or special needs, when identified at an early age, can almost always be handled in a manner that will help them developmentally and educationally later in life. Early intervention is important because the sooner you grasp the issue, the easier it will be to tackle the problem.

What is your particular way to assess a child?
Most methods of child assessment depend on the specific situation and the particular child in question. Usually, I engage the child in conversation to decipher educational, emotional, behavioral or developmental problems, create correlating notes, interview parents or guardians for their feedback, and then create a plan to address the child’s needs.

Has your early intervention plan ever backfired?
Unfortunately, you cannot always guarantee the success of an intervention program, even though mostly, they do work. There was a time when a child that I had taken under my wing to help with her behavioral problems had a meltdown during one of the sessions. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that she had a tumor in her brain which messed up signals and made her a behavioral nightmare! So the problem was more physical than my plan could handle.

What skills do you think are necessary to work as an early intervention specialist?
I believe that patience is foremost, as you need to be able to handle clients and their families with a lot of tolerance. Knowledge of early intervention practices and their applications, ability to empathetically communicate understanding of emotional factors, capability of communicating diagnosis, and insight into obtaining social services for clients are just some of the skills required to do the job.

How do you handle the stress associated with this work?
Working as an early intervention specialist means that you are exposed to a multitude of stress factors, which you have to take into stride. I keep myself as detached as possible and try to treat my clients from an emotional distance. Works.

As far as liaison with other departments is concerned, how do you measure up?
In my profession, being a people person is an absolute must. I am well-versed in communicating with social service providers, therapists and medical personnel, making it easy for me to provide my clients the services that they deserve.