Psychology internship interview questions
Competition for psychology internships is fiercer than ever. These days, only 75 percent of clinical and counseling psychology students are able to find the yearlong training experiences they need to graduate. What does this mean for students gearing up for internship interview season? Stock answers simply will not do.
"Now more than ever, it pays to be prepared for your internship interviews, " says Gerald Nissley, PsyD, who matched on his first try. "They really do make or break students' applications."
According to training directors and other experts, here are the top five questions to be ready for:
Why do you want this internship?
"If your response to this question is, 'Because I want to work with a diverse group of clients' or 'Because this is the best training facility in the country, ' you might as well just get up and leave, " says John T. Carlsen, PsyD, the director of the Professional Development Institute in Chicago. Instead, be specific. If you're interested in diversity, name the types of clients the clinic attracts and why you want experience work with them. If you want to learn about particular interventions or approaches the site is known for, name them — that shows you've done your homework, he says.
This question enables you to demonstrate your match with an internship site, says David Jacobs, PhD, who conducted internship interviews at a training site in Southern California. He recommends that you make two lists: One should include facts about the site — who it treats and how — and the other should include your own training experience and future goals. Compare the two lists to find connections, Jacobs says, and then practice articulating those connections in a way that emphasizes your experience and what you hope to learn in the future. You might, for example, say, "I use applied behavior analysis to foster social skills in children with autism, but you use a modified version of the therapy with a higher success rate. I'd like to learn more about your techniques."
"A specific connection like this blows interviewers away, " says Carlsen.
Tell us about a good and bad experience you've had with a client.
The answer to this seemingly innocuous question can be critical to a successful interview, and people often botch it, says Nissley. "Many students shy away from sharing their weaknesses or an intervention that didn't go well because they know they're competing with a group of equally talented and skilled students, " he says.
That's a mistake, because training directors don't expect you to be perfect. Rather, they want you to demonstrate a penchant for self-reflection and a willingness to learn and grow, says Nissley.
When an interview board asks you about a less-than-ideal client interaction, dive in, Williams-Nickelson suggests. Be specific, saying where you went wrong, how you consulted a supervisor for advice and what you learned from the mistake. For the positive example, also be specific, demonstrating growth and self-reflection, she adds.
What is your professional philosophy?
Interviewers ask this question to get a glimpse into your character and background, says Williams-Nickelson. Discuss your history and pick out an event or two that motivated you to pursue psychology, she says. Start with a succinct statement such as, "I believe that every person carries within them the ability to thrive and grow, and it's my job to help them learn and tap their own resources, " says Williams-Nickelson. Then go into detail on how you came to believe this. As with all these questions, however, don't go off on a tangent or over-share, she adds.
This question also presents a good opportunity to share any professional work you might do on your own time, says Jacobs. If you have a psychology-focused blog or Twitter account, let your interviewers know. But don't just direct them to your site, says Jacobs; explain how it's helped you develop as a clinician or researcher and what you've learned from the experience. If it seems appropriate, you may also want to outline your social media policy — how you use such sites to promote your work without compromising your relationships with clients.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Demonstrate that you have a big-picture plan for your career, says Williams-Nickelson, but also tell the interviewer what you will do immediately following the internship. Do you plan to work in a rural practice or join the National Service Corps to pay down student-loan debt? Do you hope to open your own practice? Let your interviewers know your long-term aims, says Carlsen, and explain how their site can help you realize these goals.future bass future diary characters future ford clovis future goten future hendrix future husband future islands future kind future kids academy future me future nostalgia tour future olympic sites future of shiba inu future proof future quotes rapper future technology future the rapper future us open sites future you deserve it future yeezy releases future about me future after pandemic future against all odds lyrics future of top glove is top ships a good investment future between future war between india and pakistan future relationship between uk and eu future by paramore lyrics future by red velvet future didn't even know it future for the streets meme future in 8 mile future in tagalog future made of virtual insanity future made of corning future made of glass video future off road suvs future on computer meme future on youtube future of outside broadcasting future past review duran duran future pro basketball goals future through football academy future to the streets future until future vs forward future vs option via future future with covid futurology analysis futurology degree good futurology podcasts futurology language futurology twitter futurology techniques futurology youtube futurology in malayalam futurology in art future and ciara future cars future electronics future engineers future girlfriend future market future net worth future nostalgia future of cryptocurrency future quotes for her future questions future tense conjugation future young thug future younger future zodiac sign future after hours atlanta future after ciara against future generations future of top shot future at computer meme future at rosebar future beyond shell but future focus fridays for future contra argumente future fit break even goals future for frontliners scholarship future from a16z future from where future in latin future like ours marquis distant future opposite of opposite of future in english future out of band future over your head future over my head future spoil her till she a brat lyrics future towards a future and ciara son future up or down up future africa future via-nett kft folly future via future without dreads futurology ai futurology and education futurology class futurology discord futurology delphi method futurology la gi futurology in education futurology methods futurology manic street preachers review futurology predictions futurology private reddit futurology review futurology synonyms futurology trends futurology what is the meaning future and drake future days future gohan future lori harvey future memes future tense of except future from where future in sight future tense into passive voice next future of epl future past duran duran lyrics future pro bowl locations future pro sports management futurology magazine futurology tracklist future bass future children future career quiz future gif future me future net worth 2021 future questions to ask your boyfriend future super bowl locations future wife future xanax damage future after pandemic future of top ships future before rap future beyond future of work during covid future from atlanta future in front of into future treasures future off facebook activity future on russell wilson future on tour since future tense future with glasses meme future within futurology in education in hindi definition for futurology future electronics future how many how many future ford roseville future perfect future progressive future utility converse future value of money future after that future among us meme future all around rope future at rosebar future between us future but we can prepare for it the future of made in china