This question is similar to 'tell us about yourself.' Answer this question with your 2-minute elevator speech that highlights your accomplishments and what sets you apart from the rest. Know what the job entails and what qualifications are needed. Confirm that you possess those qualifications and that you can offer more. Avoid 'hard working', 'reliable' or 'works well in a team' because anyone can claim that.
"I'm a motivated, confident and energetic person with the experience to positively contribute to the clinic."
As a Psychologist, you've been a part of a multi-disciplinary team to treat many disorders. Walk the interviewer through your treatment combination of psychological and nutritional counseling, along with medical and psychiatric monitoring. Be sure to tell the interviewer that treatment must address the eating disorder symptoms and medical consequences, as well as psychological, biological, interpersonal, and cultural forces that contribute to or maintain the eating disorder.
As a Psychologist, there will be times that you'll be on call as the emergency provider. If you've held this role before, tell the interviewer how you quickly you responded to the calls, if you were able to triage over the phone and if you met your patients at the emergency room if needed.
"In the past, I have rotated as an on-call provider. I keep a work cell phone specifically for that reason."
Good communication skills are key to success as a Psychologist not only in work but in life and relationships. As a Psychologist, ineffective communication can cause misunderstanding, frustration, or even disaster by being misinterpreted or poorly delivered. Tell the interviewer that you plan out what you want to say and why that you actively listen and encourage the patient to participate.
This question could be a way for you to practice your negotiation skills. If you are applying to other hospitals be sure to say so. Word travels fast when hiring managers are calling around to find out more about you. Be sure to tell the interviewer why you chose to apply for their position and why you would like this job over the others that you have applied to. Don't discuss who pays more but who can offer more opportunity and would be the best fit for you. Here's a sample answer: "I have applied to two other hospitals in the area. The reason I applied to this position was that the position is a Child Psychologist. I have 10 years experience working with children and have enjoyed every minute of it."
"I have applied to two other hospitals in the area. The reason I applied to this position was that the position is a Child Psychologist. I have 10 years experience working with children and have enjoyed every minute of it."
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As a Psychologist you help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. You help a wide variety of people and can treat many kinds of problems. Some people may talk to you because they have felt depressed, angry or anxious for a long time. As a Psychologist you may also treat chronic conditions that are interfering with your patients lives or physical health. Short-term problems are common issues your patients want help navigating, such as feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving the death of a family member. As a psychologists, you help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses and break past the barriers that keep them from reaching their goals.
As a Psychologist you utilize your interpersonal, observational and thinking skills. After attending graduate school and receiving supervised training you become licensed by your state to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy.
You skills and work experience will be laid out on your resume for the interviewer. Practice and be ready for a number of psychological questions hat will be asked during your interview. Because you have been trained to detect the body language that signals when a person is lying or is nervous you'll need to answer honestly and to the best of you ability.