I have been working at Lake County (Illinois) full-time (More than 8 years)
You have a lot of independence and the opportunity to flex your hours. The co-workers are nice and supportive. Supervision is valuable.
If you're not careful with managing your time and stress, burn-out will be inevitable. There's an expectation of seeing a lot of clients while providing good quality work.
Advice to Management
Provide more opportunities for raises.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Lake County (Illinois).
There are two interviews- one with HR and one with the hiring manager. HR interview has standard questions related to work experience, preferred management style, and ability to deal with stressful situations. Again if you've interviewed with HR elsewhere, there will be no surprises at LCHD.
With the hiring manager however, it depends on who you interview with. I've interviewed a few times at different departments in BHS and the questions are all different. Some focus more on asking you how to handle challenging situations with clients and some focus on what you know about the program/Mental Illness. There were a lot of "what would you do if..." questions related to how you would work with difficult co-workers, clients, and times when you and a supervisor/agency did not agree. Most of the questions are to assess if you would be a team player and work well with others.
I do want to add that the majority of the time, they hire internally (a former part timer or a flex counselor) or someone that they know. Very rarely do they hire someone who is brand new in the field like a recent grad (unless it is for an overnight position or a part time) but they may offer you a flex position if they think that you have potential to be a good worker once you get more experience. If they do not offer you the job but offer flex, I highly recommend taking it as when a position does open, the hiring manager will know you and it will increase your chances of being hired.
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