DSP (Direct Support Professional) Interview Questions and Answers

Updated December 1, 2016


You do not need to freak out every time you hear the word “interview”. After all, the interview stage is where you wanted to reach right? Right! So let’s talk about some positive things about the interview process.

There are great chances that since you have reached the interview stage, you will be able to bag the job by acing the interview as well.

Let us help you by providing you with a set of interview questions and answers for a direct support professional’s position:


DSP (Direct Support Professional) Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to make a career out of providing support services?
One should make a career out of whatever one’s strengths lie in. I believe that my strengths are in providing one on one support to individuals to ensure that their medical, health, physical and emotional needs are appropriately met.

What was the one aspect of working as a direct support professional that helped you make the final decision in taking up this work?
I believe that one should get a job which gives great inner satisfaction. Since helping others is actually helping myself spiritually, this is the work that I decided to take up.

What has been your experience working as a direct support professional?
Over the 6 years that I have spent working as a direct support professional, I have been involved in ensuring that the environment that participants are in is safe, healthy and comfortable for them. Determining each individual participant’s specific support needs and providing them with correlating assistance is something that I am highly experienced in. In addition to this, I have been actively involved in assisting them with healthcare visits, medication and therapy plans, along with demonstrating the importance of community involvement and social interaction.

How high do you rate professional conduct while working as a direct support professional?
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I would rate professional conduct at a 10. This is because when one is in a position of assistance or authority, it is important to conduct yourself well as you are essentially a role model.

What is the one skill that you deem most important to working successfully as a direct support professional?
While I believe that the skills set that is mandatory to possess in order to work as a DSP is vast, communication skills are probably the most important. This is because one has to be in constant contact with people, and the ability to communicate clearly and articulately is necessary to ensure appropriate implementation of the program.

Do you feel that people who exhibit challenging behavior are difficult to deal with?
I don’t think it is difficult to deal with people with challenging behavior. My training in addressing behavioral issues is quite strong which is why I am quite capable of handling these issues with a high success rate.