There is a lot that you can do to ensure the success of an interview. In fact, success at the interview stage is in your hands completely. The type of responses that you provide to questions thrown at you, determine how well you will be perceived by the interviewer. Usually, the reason that you are at the interview stage is the fact that the hiring manager liked your resume and cover letter, and has asked you to see you face to face because he is interested in hiring you. However, this does not mean that you will be hired. This last stage will decide if you are actually as good as you posed to be in your job application documents.
Sitting across an interviewer is a nerve-wracking experience, even if you have been through a dozen or so interviews. Fear is your biggest enemy here. Preparation is your best buddy! Go hand in hand with the latter and you cannot lose. What follows is a set of sample interview questions and answers for a functional family therapist position:
Why did you decide to take up the work of a functional family therapist?
I have always been interested and in awe of human relationships. Once I obtained a degree in human services, and picked up my first job in this area, I knew there was no looking back. I enjoy the work and know that I can make quite a difference in people’s lives through the services that I can provide.
Isn’t the work much too emotionally challenging to be “easy”?
To be honest, no. It is challenging without a doubt, but that comes with the territory. It is not emotionally exhausting because I am trained not to get emotionally involved.
At the beginning of your career as a functional family therapist, did you involuntarily get emotionally involved? What was your response?
I did. But my good sense kicked in and I managed to detach myself from the situation at hand before it could affect me or mess up my intervention.
What have been the two prime duties that you have performed in the role of a functional family therapist?
The two prime duties that I have performed in this role are identifying the requirements of each assigned case, and developing individualized service plans to ensure that families are united properly, and receive the interventions that they require.
What do you like most about working as a functional family therapist?
Knowing that I can help families stay together, or assist them in handling issues and hurdles that they are going through is perhaps the best thing about this work.
What do you dislike about your work?
I wouldn’t exactly call it dislike, but I do feel somewhat helpless when my interventions don’t work as well as they are supposed to.