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Question 1 of 30
Why should we accept you over other equally qualified candidates?
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List of Psychologist Interview Questions
  1. Why should we accept you over other equally qualified candidates?
  2. What are your career goals?
  3. What kind of impact would you like to make here?
  4. Are you a detail oriented person?
  5. What is your greatest strength?
  6. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  7. What is your experience with treating eating disorders?
  8. What is your availability in an emergency? If you are not available, what are my alternatives?
  9. What did you like least about your previous position?
  10. Tell me about yourself.
  11. Why did you leave your last job?
  12. What kind of salary do you need?
  13. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.
  14. Share an experience in which you assisted a patient in planning.
  15. Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or both? Explain your answer.
  16. What did you like most about your previous position?
  17. What is the most valuable lesson you've learned on the job?
  18. What is the key to success when communicating with the public?
  19. Do you know anyone who works for us?
  20. Will you work with a child’s school and teachers?
  21. What is your appointment availability? Do you offer afterwork or early morning appointments?
  22. What are your career goals?
  23. What do you know about our facility?
  24. What is your opinion of projective testing?
  25. What would your last boss say about your work performance?
  26. 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.
  27. What is your opinion of objective testing?
  28. What do you like most about being a Psychologist?
  29. Describe some of the research projects you've been involved with.
  30. What other hospitals have you applied to?
Author:
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Psychologist Information
March 20th, 2017

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.
Psychologist User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
Why should we accept you over other equally qualified candidates?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The difference between other equally qualified candidates and I is not brains. It is determination. When something is important to me, I buckle down and do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. I think this is apparent in the fact I earned an associate degree while I was still in high school. I dedicate myself to what I love, and I love psychology. If I was lucky enough to be accepted into this program, I would do whatever was asked of me, required of me, and more in order to earn my degree. I want to be the best, and to be the best, you have to work for it.
Question 2 of 30
What are your career goals?
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As a Child Psychologist my goal is to help children who are having troubles with their lives. Whether it is depression, anxiety, unusual senses, family problems, health issues, etc.
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I would one day like to open my own practice to work with high-risk teenagers and rape or sex-trafficking victims and conduct psychological analyses for a local police department.
Question 3 of 30
What kind of impact would you like to make here?
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A positive impact where I can teach them to take care of themselves and give them the tools to do it.
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I would like to help them discover their talents, and that their talents are special, showing them they are more than what society tells them, and they can overcome their circumstances.
Question 4 of 30
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Yes. I am very keen on details when it comes to work.
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Very detail oriented as I have difficulties delegating work to others.
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Why should you be hired for this internship?
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Why should we admit you into our mba program.
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I am very detail oriented, as I previously mentioned. This can sometimes be a weakness for me, but I am beginning to better balance my detail orientation and bigger picture perspectives.
Question 5 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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My greatest strength would be that I am very organized. I plan everything out, using lists and color coding techniques, so I never miss a deadline. This also allows me to better manage my time.
Question 6 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness is that I sometimes can focus too much on little details-- failing to view the overall picture. For example, I obsess over my grades, which is a good thing, until I begin to make myself sick over the stress I put on myself. Sometimes I just have to tell myself that the little details, although important, aren't as important as the overall picture. This is something I have been working on overtime, and am gradually improving at.
Question 7 of 30
What is your experience with treating eating disorders?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have encountered and conversed with many different cultures including Asian, Middle-Eastern, and European. I spent 12 days in Italy with the Honors Program, and did community service with Chinese, Japanese, and Middle-Eastern students.
Question 8 of 30
What is your availability in an emergency? If you are not available, what are my alternatives?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I see stressful situations as challenges. At first, I feel overwhelmed, but then I take a step back and begin reviewing the situation at hand. I begin to break the large situation down into smaller situations that could be considered a "checklist" to my mind. Then, I do what I do best, and begin crossing off the items on my mental checklist. Typically it is stressful situations that push me to do my very best.
Question 9 of 30
What did you like least about your previous position?
Question 10 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am a hard working, dedicated individual. I have always been very focused on my education, earning an Associates Degree before graduating high school, and competing the requirements at Ashland University to graduate from the honors program, including a capstone and defense. I have worked as a research assistant and a researcher, and have been inducted into multiple honoraries, including Psi Chi. I was involved in community service throughout my college career, and even took on a leadership responsibility leading the group volunteering at the local nursing home. I have a strong passion for psychology, and cannot wait to further my schooling/career in such a wonderful field.
Question 11 of 30
Why did you leave your last job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I graduated from Ashland University, and it was an on campus job as a recycler.
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I was done with my hours for community service and TA job at Loma Linda Academy. We had to have 25 hours per year for community service and 100 hours in total from our paid job on campus.
Question 12 of 30
What kind of salary do you need?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Not pertinent to graduate school.
Question 13 of 30
Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, I work well on a team. I love working with people, and I am great at working with others to determine individual responsibilities, and holding others accountable for their responsibilities. I always do the work required of me to the best of my ability, and if critiqued, I take that information, and use it to better myself and my current and future projects.
Question 14 of 30
Share an experience in which you assisted a patient in planning.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I like to finish one task at a time so that I can check it off of my aforementioned mental or physical checklists. I tend to put all of my effort into the task I am attempting to complete and do all that I can to make it the very best I can.
Question 15 of 30
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or both? Explain your answer.
Question 16 of 30
What did you like most about your previous position?
Question 17 of 30
What is the most valuable lesson you've learned on the job?
Question 18 of 30
What is the key to success when communicating with the public?
Question 19 of 30
Do you know anyone who works for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I completed my capstone project, and [hopefully] presented at a conference. I believe conducting research is a must in order to better oneself as a psychologist, and presenting one's work, gives them invaluable experiences, such as interacting with strangers.
Question 20 of 30
Will you work with a child’s school and teachers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I read articles and blogs related to psychology. Keeping up on the literature is a very important part of being successful in the psychology field.
Question 21 of 30
What is your appointment availability? Do you offer afterwork or early morning appointments?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am dedicated. I handle emergency situations well, and maintain my composure. I feed off of challenges, and I work well under stress after I take a step back and break the problem down into smaller steps.
Question 22 of 30
What are your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I wish to go to _______ University to become a clinical psychologist. The program has an excellent reputation and I would love to be a part of it. After earning my PhD, I would like to work with high-risk individuals in a variety of settings.
Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our facility?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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This question would depend on the school I was at, and I would need to show up well prepared.
Question 24 of 30
What is your opinion of projective testing?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I'm not quite sure at this time. By the time of an interview I would.
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I want to either work in a group therapy setting or play therapy for children.
Question 25 of 30
What would your last boss say about your work performance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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They would describe me as a self-motivated, cheerful, and hard worker. I always looked for new tasks to complete, and took pride in each and every task I did complete.
Question 26 of 30
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.
Question 27 of 30
What is your opinion of objective testing?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am efficient with my time. I create checklists and deadlines in order to assure this. Have never failed to make a deadline as I believe can be seen by my GPA.
Question 28 of 30
What do you like most about being a Psychologist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy interacting with other individuals, and being in a position with the potential to help individuals in dyer need.
Question 29 of 30
Describe some of the research projects you've been involved with.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I see myself preparing to graduate from this institution. Probably some more details here specific to the university.
Question 30 of 30
What other hospitals have you applied to?
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