How to Prepare for the Group Interview
- Questions for applicants: A faculty member or supervisor will ask each applicant five to six questions, which may be fill-in-the-blank, hypothetical, or open-ended. For example, a faculty member may ask, “What is the greatest adversity you have overcome in your life?” You will then be challenged to respond in a way that represents your unique characteristics that demonstrate your counselor candidacy.
- Case studies: All applicants in the group interview will be given a brief case study or two, depending on time, illustrating complex client problems or situations. You will then work with each other to discuss how to best handle the situation and come to a solution. Sometimes you will be asked to discuss your reaction to the case. There are many questions that can be asked during a case study.
- Final Reflections: During this portion of the interview, you will be asked to discuss something that had an impact on you during the interview. This could be something a fellow interviewee said or did, or something you realized about yourself. This will assess if you have the proper reflection skills needed to be an effective counselor.
- Questions for the interviewer: At the end of the process, you will have the opportunity to ask the interviewers questions about the interview, the Counseling@Northwestern program, or about counseling-related issues and ideas. This section gives faculty an idea of your analytical and introspective skills.