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Sample Psychology Interview Questions 

  • Why did you decide on a career in psychology?
  • Describe your own strengths, particularly those that will help you to excel in counseling, therapy, or advocacy.
  • In communicating, people's gestures or verbal cues can give us information. Give me an example of how your interpretation of verbal or non-verbal behavior has helped you.
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to make someone feel comfortable when dealing with a difficult situation.
  • What are you looking for in a psychology internship?
  • What are your goals for the internship year?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician? As a tester? As a supervisor? As a diagnostician?
  • What do you plan to do once you have finished your training?
  • What do you look for in supervision?
  • What is your theoretical orientation?
  • What are your specific clinical interests?
  • Describe a client whom you feel would be most challenging in treatment.
  • Describe the axes of the DSM-IV.
  • Give a case scenario and conceptualize it according to a theoretical framework of your choice.
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where you had to diffuse a serious problem? Describe the situation and what was the result?
  • Tell me about a client that you would be unwilling or unable to work with. What would you do in this situation?
  • Tell me about a time when you took a risk.
  • Tell me about a time when you were confronted with an ethical dilemma and how you resolved the problem.
  • Tell me about your best failure.
  • Tell me what you already know about working with your chosen population.
  • What about you do you think is most needed in the mental health field?
  • What do you bring to this role that other candidates will not?
  • What do you plan to gain from working here?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of working here?
  • What is your previous experience (if any) working in this area?
  • What personal qualities do you possess that would benefit yourself and others in this organization?
  • What sets you apart from other applicants from your school?
  • What strengths can you bring to this program?
  • When working in a group, what strengths do you bring which will improve the overall functioning of the group?
  • Why do you think that you will be a good fit for our organization?
  • Why do you want to work with this population?
  • Why does our site fit your personal interests?
  • Are you more interested in working at a primary or secondary level and what is your reason for choosing that level?
  • Describe how you would apply psychological interventions at an individual level? Group level? School wide level?
  • Name the assessment instruments that you are comfortable using and provide an example of how you have used each?
  • How well do you think your education has prepared you to enter this field>
  • What are your weak areas that need improvement?
  • Describe to me your view of ethical behaviors.
  • What professional organizations are you apart of?
  • How are you staying current on issues in the field?
  • Do you value having professional conversations with colleagues in the field? Why?
  • What is a program that you would want to implement?



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