The first thought that passes through an interviewer’s mind when scanning an interviewee is – will they be able to handle the job? And when the interviewer self-answers this question, he does so by looking at your body language and confidence. Job knowledge (while important) comes later.
So pull up your chin and look the interviewer in the eye when answering ABA Technician interview questions.
Here are some to prepare from:
Why did you choose a career as an applied behavior analysis technician?
Ever since I was introduced to the concept of applied behavior analysis, I have been intrigued by the amazing changes that one can make in people’s lives. Since I am a patient individual who possesses exceptional analytic abilities as far as human psyche is concerned, I felt that I would be able to do much justice to this work.
What were your prime duties as an ABA technician in a previous position?
Determining patients’ behavioral issues, providing intensive individualized therapy services directed towards the development or enhancement of skills necessary for emotional, cognitive and behavioral growth of an individual, and ensuring that each patient is properly placed as a contributory force in the society were my prime duties.
How do you ensure that you do this properly?
By using appropriate behavior, teaching, communication and reinforcement techniques in a consistent manner, I am mostly successful in making sure that my patients are rehabilitated properly. I work with individual patients by devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on sympathetic understanding of their behavior and circumstances. I also make sure that I provide assistance along the lines of independent study, enrichment work and remedial drills, especially where young children are concerned.
What is your biggest achievement as an ABA technician?
There was a child whose parents were convinced she was autistic. She was referred to me by her teacher who was sure that there was something that wasn’t showing on the surface. Her parents were ready to have her institutionalized even though I found nothing wrong with her – her “bad” behavior was just something that all 4 year olds have because they are curious by nature. During one of my sessions with her, I discovered that she was physically abused by her parents and her bad behavior was a reaction to that. I quickly alerted the authorities and arranged to have her placed in foster care while her parents were taken to court. I believe that this has been my biggest achievement as I managed to keep a perfectly normal little girl from being needlessly institutionalized.
What makes an ABA technician work well within this field?
I believe that an ABA technician must be able to handle challenging behavior such as aggression and tantrums, and have the capacity to restrain and talk to patients who may be suicidal. Comfort working with clients in their homes or school is a plus point. Patience is a virtue and so is the ability to deal with tumultuous situations.
What are the most common cases that you have come across as an ABA therapist?
As far as medical conditions are concerned, the most common are seizures, mobility and vision issues. Other typical cases that I have provided therapy for include aggression, hair pulling, kicking and biting for no reason at all!