First Assistant Psychologist Interview - questions

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I just had my first ever interview for an Assistant Psychologist post!

The actual role was 'Assistant Psychologist/ Therapies Assistant' and it is EXACTLY what I am looking for.

It's the first time I have even been offered an interview for a role like this, so I was very excited and nervous about it. Of course, due to social distancing guidelines, the interview took place over the phone.

My previous experience has included: Learning disabilities support work, mental health support work in the NHS, teaching English in China, First Class BSc in Psychology and Counselling, Counselling Skills certificate, currently studying MSc Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical practice, voluntary experience mentoring ex-offenders.

So the questions they asked me included:

1. [SHOCK] Why do you want this job?
2. What skills and experience do you have that will help you in this role?
3. How do you organise and prioritise tasks? (This went on to imagine you have 2 tasks in this role, both with the same deadline. How would you prioritise these?)
4. What do you think our service users would need/ expect from you?
5. What kind of team member are you?
6. What is one of the most meaningful pieces of psychology literature you have read and why?
7. What are you like to supervise?

Generally, I tried to be very reflective and link things to my current practice and how I would apply it to the role.

Luckily I did research and prepared before, so I knew exactly what literature I wanted to talk about. It was something that linked directly to my current role on a PICU and would link well to that role as well, so I not only talked about what the literature said, but also how I used this to influence my practice.

Now all I can do is wait! Wish me luck!
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(Original post by Nerol)
I just had my first ever interview for an Assistant Psychologist post!

The actual role was 'Assistant Psychologist/ Therapies Assistant' and it is EXACTLY what I am looking for.

It's the first time I have even been offered an interview for a role like this, so I was very excited and nervous about it. Of course, due to social distancing guidelines, the interview took place over the phone.

My previous experience has included: Learning disabilities support work, mental health support work in the NHS, teaching English in China, First Class BSc in Psychology and Counselling, Counselling Skills certificate, currently studying MSc Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical practice, voluntary experience mentoring ex-offenders.

So the questions they asked me included:

1. [SHOCK] Why do you want this job?
2. What skills and experience do you have that will help you in this role?
3. How do you organise and prioritise tasks? (This went on to imagine you have 2 tasks in this role, both with the same deadline. How would you prioritise these?)
4. What do you think our service users would need/ expect from you?
5. What kind of team member are you?
6. What is one of the most meaningful pieces of psychology literature you have read and why?
7. What are you like to supervise?

Generally, I tried to be very reflective and link things to my current practice and how I would apply it to the role.

Luckily I did research and prepared before, so I knew exactly what literature I wanted to talk about. It was something that linked directly to my current role on a PICU and would link well to that role as well, so I not only talked about what the literature said, but also how I used this to influence my practice.

Now all I can do is wait! Wish me luck!
That is some good advise. Hope you got it.
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