Interview is nerve racking for both the candidate and for the one responsible to hire. An interview needs to be very well thought. So many topics are not allowable these days. I thought it would be helpful for me to share some of the interview questions that I always include.
Question 1: “Do you have any experience with students or children with autism?” If Yes:
If No: Do you have any experience with children at all? If yes, ask the above three followup questions.
Number 2: (see what I did right there? I had to have a little potty humor, come on)… What is your educational background?
#3: Have you been trained in ABA? If Yes:
Question 4: How do you perceive the parents’ role on the team (very important)?
Number 5: What is your fee or your ideal pay? If using government funds, it may be best to state the compensation up front.
#6: What is your basic philosophy of teaching?
Interview Question 7: What areas of ABA are you interested in/been trained in? (discrete trial, verbal behavior, precision teaching/fluency, direct instruction, NET, etc.). So far only psychology majors have known these.
Question 8: What do you believe to be your main responsibilities and goals as a therapist?
Number 9: Can I have a list of your references? (If you aren’t using an agency who does background checks, do your own).
Almost Finished, #10: Do you want to play with my child for a short time? (This is also fundamentally important and I will explain).
This post might sound foreign. I give you my word, I will expound more. ABA Therapy changed my sons lives. I am eternally grateful. I pray any family that sees the need for this one on one, intense intervention is able to access it somehow, hoping this eases any concern over hosting an interview. Many of us, never foresaw us needing to interview others when we wanted to have children. If I can do it, I know anyone can (most likely way better than me). I am pulling for you! Go get ’em, Tiger. Always remember, you are so very, very loved.
Blessings to you and yours today and always,
If you enjoyed this, camp out longer and check out: Aides: Why We Hire Them.