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The gigantic list of interview questions!

Post by maven » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:02 am

What follows is a selection of questions that have been asked during interviews for Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, Clinical Psychology Training, Support Worker and Graduate Primary Care Mental Health Worker posts.

Don't be daunted by its size. The list, whilst extensive, is not exhaustive, but it does incorporate questions from areas commonly thought to be relevant to roles in psychology, such as questions about yourself, your application, clinical issues, and so on. Some of the questions may also fit into other categories and may draw upon knowledge from other relevant knowledge bases. You may not be asked any of these questions, nor will you be asked all of them, but you will likely be asked questions that test your understanding of similar issues.

The questions below can be really useful, but don't try to work out or learn a specific answer to each. If you look there are themes that can be thought of as a whole rather than discrete questions. For example, its useful to know what a multidisciplinary teams (MDT) does, why they are so widely used, and its potential pitfalls. That knowledge can then provide you with a basis to answer many questions relating to MTDs – Think globally and reflect.

It is also really important to think about the ethos of a course and what questions may arise from that. Or, of course to know about the post and service you are applying to, go and visit to get more of a sense of it if you can. It is always good to know about things that are current in the NHS. For example, diversity issues are very hot, and it may be relevant to inform yourself to global cultural differences (like the fact that you shouldn't reach to shake the hand of some women from different cultures and religions, as they may not be 'allowed' to and can cause difficultly early on in the relationship, as well as having some sense of what say the cultural response is to a mental health difficulty is, or how a culture responds to a death of a loved one. Also don't assume heterosexuality, etc). It is about being aware and not letting ourselves impose our own values on those we work with, but good assessment and formulation can encompass that. There are always idiosyncrasies. It is a good idea though to think about the cultural diversity in the area in which you are applying, it will let you be more prepared.

If you can always relate theory to practice, you are on to a winner.

Reflect on your work, and your life. Depending on ethos, you may be asked something about your childhood, but you'll often be asked about your coping strategies and/or the impact of the work.

About your application

:arrow: What brought you here today?
:arrow: Tell us about yourself and why you are here.
:arrow: What attributes do you have that make you suitable for this role?
:arrow: Why do you want this post?
:arrow: What would be your weaknesses in the post?
:arrow: What interests you about this post?
:arrow: What are you strengths that will help you do this job?
:arrow: What areas will you need help with?
:arrow: Tell us a bit about why you applied for this post.
:arrow: Why do you want this job/this post/to work in this Trust?
:arrow: What particulars about the person specification appealed to you?
:arrow: Why do you want this position?
:arrow: Why do you think this post will be good preparation for getting on a course?
:arrow: When have you worked in a reflective way before?
:arrow: What would you find most difficult about this post?
:arrow: What qualities do you think are important for this role?
:arrow: What relevant computer/IT skills do you have?
:arrow: What are good communication skills?
:arrow: Why do you think you should be offered this post?
:arrow: What led you to apply for this post?
:arrow: Why do you feel that you are suitable for the job?
:arrow: Working in this kind environment is stressful, how do you relax?
:arrow: Tell us about your current job.
:arrow: From the job description, summarise the 3 main areas of the job.
:arrow: Why did you apply for this post? What interested you about it? What made you want to work in this clinical area?
:arrow: What would you most enjoy about this post?
:arrow: Have you ever worked with anyone from a different background to yourself? – How did you handle this?
:arrow: What do you think working in a low secure unit for mental health adults involves?
:arrow: What skills/qualities can you bring to the role?
:arrow: Describe yourself giving 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses.
:arrow: What would you find most challenging about the job?
:arrow: What experience had led you to apply?
:arrow: How have you put theory into practice in the past?
:arrow: How is your experience relevant to this position?
:arrow: What interests you about this job?
:arrow: What can you offer us?
:arrow: How would you motivate someone?
:arrow: What can you offer to the service?
:arrow: What do you expect your role here to involve?
:arrow: What interests you about this post/course? Why this one in particular?
:arrow: Can you tell us how you have come to be here today?
:arrow: What do you want to get out of the post?
:arrow: What did you take from university that could be applied to this job?
:arrow: This is a new role, so what do you think will be the most challenging part?
:arrow: What support would you need at the beginning of this post? What are your hopes for CPD opportunities?
:arrow: Is this your preferred specialism?
:arrow: What kind of support do you think you would require whilst in this role?
:arrow: Why did you apply for this post, what interested you about it, and what made you want to work in this clinical area?
:arrow: After meeting us, how do you still feel about the position?

About You

:arrow: What are your future plans?
:arrow: Do you see yourself applying to Clinical training this year?
:arrow: If you did not get accepted onto Clinical, for what ever reasons, do you know what you would like to do otherwise?
:arrow: When are you going to apply for clinical training?
:arrow: How do you cope with stress?
:arrow: What interests you about psychology?
:arrow: Where do you see yourself in three/five years time?
:arrow: What are your hobbies and interests?
:arrow: How would you cope with stress?
:arrow: How would your best friend describe you?
:arrow: How do you deal with conflict?
:arrow: How do you relax?
:arrow: Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.
:arrow: What else do you read?
:arrow: What's your biggest achievement?
:arrow: How do you manage work load?
:arrow: How do you cope with tedious work?
:arrow: How would you go about managing a project?
:arrow: Where do you see yourself going?
:arrow: Other than your degree, what achievement are you most proud of?
:arrow: This post will involve a move for you - how will you cope with that?
:arrow: The salary for this post is embarrassing - how will you manage? (Or, This is a voluntary post - how will you manage financially?)
:arrow: What are your future career plans?
:arrow: How have you prepared for today - i.e. what you have read up on?
:arrow: How do you spend your spare time? Do you feel your hobbies benefit you?
:arrow: Clinical training is very stressful. How do you deal with stress?
:arrow: Do you feel confident in a group situation?
:arrow: How do you contribute to discussion on psychology? Can you give an example?
:arrow: If you qualified, would you want to stay in clinical psychology, or might you leave for another career?
:arrow: Do you speak any languages other than English? If so, are you fluent?
:arrow: How will you juggle the demands of a full time job and studying?
:arrow: Explain the gap in employment on your application form.
:arrow: What theory would you apply to why you are sitting in this interview?
:arrow: What area of psychology are you particularly interested in?
:arrow: What do psychologists have to offer?
:arrow: What will you do if you do not get on a clinical course this year?
:arrow: What do you hope to get out of clinical training?
:arrow: What type of job would you like to be doing in 5/10 years time?
:arrow: Which area of clinical psychology would you like to work in when you qualify?
:arrow: What areas of clinical psychology particularly interest you?
:arrow: What personal qualities do you feel a good clinical psychologist should possess?
:arrow: What stresses do you think you will face on the course? What methods do you have for coping with stress?
:arrow: What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on the course?
:arrow: Which aspect of the course (or placement) do you think will be the most challenging?
:arrow: What do you hope to gain from the course?
:arrow: Why psychology rather than psychiatry / medicine / nursing / counselling?
:arrow: What client group do you feel drawn towards?
:arrow: What aspects of your degree did you find good / bad?

Your Experience

:arrow: What have you learnt from previous experience that you can bring to the role?
:arrow: Tell me about two cases that you have worked with, one which went well and one that didn't go so well and talk about the differences between them.
:arrow: Tell us about what you have done in your previous posts which could assist you in this post?
:arrow: Tell us about your work experience, what do you like about it, and explain your role and responsibilities.
:arrow: Could you please outline your relevant experience?
:arrow: What is the most important thing you have learned at your present job?
:arrow: Tell us about your previous job experiences and how they would help you with this role.
:arrow: What have you learned through your degree and your current job that you could bring here?
:arrow: What skills have you acquired during your degree?
:arrow: Do you feel that your previous work experiences have relevance to clinical work?
:arrow: What have you learned from your career so far?
:arrow: What have you learned from your assistant post(s)?
:arrow: If you could choose only one of your assistant posts, which would it be and why?
:arrow: From your experience, which model of psychology that you have used seems the most useful? Why? Are there any other explanations?

Self Reflection

:arrow: How did you deal with problems and look after yourself when you were a child?
:arrow: How did you did you rebel against the adult institution when you were a teenager?
:arrow: So, tell me about your childhood.
:arrow: What would this role bring out in you?
:arrow: Why do you want to be a clinical psychologist?
:arrow: What have you got to offer clinical psychology that someone else has not?
:arrow: What attracts you personally to clinical psychology?
:arrow: What psychological theory would apply to why you are sitting here today?
:arrow: You mentioned a role model should know their negative points, what are yours?
:arrow: Why are you interested in psychology and why now?
:arrow: Think of a time when somebody asked you to do something you didn't feel able to do and what did you do about it?
:arrow: Can you describe a situation at work that you have found overwhelming and how did you deal with that?
:arrow: Describe a personal experience that has shaped your professional life.
:arrow: What supportive needs would you bring to the role?
:arrow: If you were offered the post, what would you do to implement change?
:arrow: How has your personal development influenced your professional development in psychology, and vice versa?
:arrow: How do you intend to improve yourself?
:arrow: Tell us about a professional and a personal experience that made you better equipped to be a clinical psychologist.
:arrow: Can you describe the factors that have led you to want to be a clinical psychologist?
:arrow: What do you find the most challenging?
:arrow: How do you get along with small, close knit groups of people?
:arrow: Do you feel a particular drive to help others? Why?
:arrow: How have your views on mental health changed over time?
:arrow: What is your experience of mental health problems?


:arrow: What things in your academic background would be relevant to this post?
:arrow: How would you judge the quality of a paper?
:arrow: How would you carry out a literature review (in detail)?
:arrow: Give an example of behavioural learning / operant conditioning.
:arrow: What is the last article you read and how did it inform your clinical practice?
:arrow: What did you enjoy most about your undergraduate course?
:arrow: Have you read any research around this area?
:arrow: Is the cognitive-behavioural model all-encompassing, or does it have limitations?
:arrow: Describe a paper that you have recently read that had an impact on you, and explain why.
:arrow: Name one reference or recent book that had assisted you with your clinical work and explain why.
:arrow: What neuropsychological assessments have you used previously?
:arrow: What do you know about neuropsychological testing?
:arrow: Tell us about your undergraduate dissertation.
:arrow: What did you enjoy/find interesting in your degree course?
:arrow: What area of undergraduate psychology could be used in clinical psychology?
:arrow: From your undergraduate study, what can you apply to clinical psychology?
:arrow: Can you tell us about a book or paper that has influenced/inspired you? - How did you choose this book? - What did you learn from it? - How was it influential? - How would you recommend it to other people? - Can you relate its importance to clinical psychology? - Do you have any criticisms of it?
:arrow: What is the difference between instrumental and classical conditioning?
:arrow: How would you explain the principles of reinforcement?
:arrow: How would you explain the cognitive model of depression?
:arrow: How would you explain the importance of goal setting / the principles of normalisation to the lay person?
:arrow: Do you regularly read any particular journals?
:arrow: Do you think publishing research is a good thing? What are some problems with it?
:arrow: How well did you do in your degree? Was this mark deserved (especially for 2:2s)?
:arrow: Which psychology model in last 30 years has influenced you (quote authors of relevant papers)?
:arrow: What causes mental illness?
:arrow: What theories might you use to back up your work in this post?
:arrow: What do you understand about theory of mind/attachment?
:arrow: Tell me what you know about autism?
:arrow: What area of psychological research / theoretical development has interested you recently?
:arrow: What do you consider to be the main research advances in clinical psychology as an academic subject in recent years?
:arrow: What is A-B-A design?

Clinical Experience

:arrow: Describe a piece of clinical work you have done.
:arrow: Do you have experience of working with older people?
:arrow: Do you have experience in counselling?
:arrow: Do you have experience of depression?
:arrow: What problems could you encounter with assessment in a service for people with learning disability?
:arrow: What do you do if staff are sceptical about your plans to assess a client and are uncooperative – how do you convince them that you can help?
:arrow: How do you convince a G.P/psychiatrist that a client with learning disability can also have a mental health problem and might need psychiatric help/evaluation?
:arrow: What constitutes good clinical practice?
:arrow: What behaviour management models have you used?
:arrow: Tell us about your experience in different settings.
:arrow: What experience you have with running support groups?
:arrow: What experience do you have with cognitive assessments?
:arrow: How would you handle home visits?
:arrow: How would you cope if people were uncooperative with you when you're trying to carry out audit work?
:arrow: What experience do you have of running groups, and what kind of group would you like to run?
:arrow: What would you do if someone presented with strange ideas? And what experience do you have of dealing with people with strange ideas?
:arrow: Vignette presented: A client has covered his room in small pieces of silver foil. Generate a number of alternative ideas about why he might have done this.
:arrow: Tell us about some clinical experience you've had that is relevant to this post.
:arrow: If you had to complete an assessment on a client who, for unknown reasons, would not co-operate, speak to you, refused to come to your office or wanted nothing to do with you, how would you complete the assessment?
:arrow: How would you deal with a parent wanting help for themselves?
:arrow: As a member of staff you will be a role model for young people, how would you be a good role model?
:arrow: A nurse approaches you on the ward and says a patient is acting out and they're thinking of taking their TV away. She asks you what she should do, what would you say?
:arrow: Name a time when you have worked with a complex child protection case.
:arrow: A family come and see you for an initial assessment. There is a mother, a stepfather, a toddler, a 9 year old who is distressed and a 13 year old who is sullen. How do you move the interview forward?
:arrow: How would you cope with someone who was very anxious during the assessment?
:arrow: How would you deal with treating a client who was familiar to you?
:arrow: You are going up to the ward to see client X and whilst you are there a nurse talks to you about client Y who is presenting with challenging behaviour etc, what would you do?
:arrow: Describe a child you have worked with and how you helped them.
:arrow: Person X has recently started showing challenging behaviour, lashing out at people and self-harming. How would you assess him? What would you want to know?
:arrow: Give an example of a challenging behaviour you have dealt with and what you learnt from the experience.
:arrow: How would you establish a relationship with someone displaying communication difficulties, and how would you ensure that they understood what you were saying to them?
:arrow: Tell us about your experience working with people with brain injury.
:arrow: What challenges did you face with this group and how did you overcome them?
:arrow: Can you describe a formulation for a patient you have worked with?
:arrow: If a patient on our ward was caught smoking cannabis what issues do you think it would be important to think about?
:arrow: What did you do to address resistance?
:arrow: Your caseload will include 20 patients with anxiety and depression, and you will need to talk to some of them on the phone so how would you communicate over the phone to someone using the CBT model to treat them? What about group work? How do you communicate? And how good do you think you are?
:arrow: You've carried out group work before, so how big were they? How did you manage? What's important when doing group work?
:arrow: Tell us about a difficult clinical situation you have experienced and how you resolved it?
:arrow: Tell me about your experience of working with people who have schizophrenia.
:arrow: How would you deal with the situation if a patient you have not met until that day refused to complete any more tests and becomes upset?
:arrow: Tell me about a time when you have dealt with aggression at work.
:arrow: Tell us about a clinical case you have worked on that you enjoyed.
:arrow: A young person is admitted to the unit. She is hearing voices and quite distressed. The team would like you to find out if she has a learning difficulty. As a member of the psychology team, what might you do?
:arrow: Tell us about a piece of clinical experience of which you are particularly proud.
:arrow: Tell us about a situation that you had to intervene, how you dealt with that situation, and what do you think you have helped with.
:arrow: What do you think of group therapy, how would you contribute to that?
:arrow: describe any situation where you have experienced challenging behaviour, what can you do to stop that?
:arrow: Read the following text and give us your opinion on what is happening to Mr X, where Mr X was having various dementia and depression symptoms. What would you advise Mr X’s family to do?
:arrow: If you were running a group session how would you control a patient who is constantly asking questions, many of which may be relatively useless to the session?
:arrow: Talk about a client you have worked with and the theory that underpins it. What were the benefits for this client? What were the (dis)advantages of this way of working? - What did you learn from the experience? Did you come across any difficulties or problems whilst working in this way?
:arrow: Have you ever had difficulties working with a client? How did you resolve them?
:arrow: Can you describe a situation or case you have learned a lot from?
:arrow: Have you been involved in any group work? Do you think that group work is more valuable than individual therapy?
:arrow: Can you talk about a client that elicited some strong emotions in you (possibly negative), and tell us something about the situation you were in? How did this affect you? How did you go about trying to deal with it? What did you learn from the situation? Has it changed the way that you work? What did you take from the situation that you may make use of today?
:arrow: The previous question was quite a complicated one about power / oppression issues, and situations we may be placed in, in today's socio-cultural climate. Can you tell us about a time in work, or with a client, when you feel you may have been placed in such a situation? What did you learn from the situation? How did it affect you, or the way you might treat other people in the same situation? How can you relate this understanding to the way you work now?
:arrow: What undergraduate theories have underpinned your work with X?
:arrow: Describe a relationship you had with a client and how you viewed this relationship.
:arrow: Describe a time when you were unable to help a client. What did you do?
:arrow: Talk about a time you found it difficult to work with someone.
:arrow: Describe a piece of clinical work you have been involved in and which psychological models inform this work.

Issues of Risk

:arrow: You are the only psychologist in the department one day as the Clinical Psychologists are all absent. A nurse comes up to you and says that a patient on the ward must be seen immediately as they are saying they are about to commit suicide – What do you do?
:arrow: What would you do if a client disclosed something to you in confidence but you thought you should tell someone?
:arrow: How would you conduct a risk assessment?
:arrow: What could you do to manage risk to others?
:arrow: Its 4pm, Friday, and you have serious concerns about your last client and your Supervisor is not around. What do you do?
:arrow: If, during a therapy session, a client became verbally and physically aggressive, what would you do?
:arrow: What would you do if you were in a public place and a client became a risk?
:arrow: If a service user told you they had taken all their medication, what would you do?
:arrow: How do feel about lone-working?
:arrow: If a young person wanted to tell you something but wanted you to keep it secret what would you do?
:arrow: What would you do if a participant said they were suicidal?
:arrow: What would you do if someone threatened to self harm and no other staff were around?
:arrow: Your reaction to finding someone had cut themselves badly?
:arrow: What would you do if someone told you that they had taken an overdose?
:arrow: A new referral comes through asking for the psychologist to urgently see a patient in the community which mentions problems with challenging behaviour and violent episodes. What factors would you consider when arranging the initial assessment and where would you carry it out, at the patient’s home or in the clinic? Explain your reasoning behind this.
:arrow: What would you do if a client told you that they felt that life wasn't worth living?
:arrow: What would you do if a child disclosed abuse in a session?
:arrow: What is risk assessment?
:arrow: You are out walking to the shops with a young person. Whilst in the shop, a young person discloses sexual abuse. How would you deal with this?
:arrow: While testing a child, the child discloses to you that his/her father beats her/him. What would you do?
:arrow: What would you do if a child disclosed abuse to you during a session?
:arrow: What would you do if a client/child disclosed current or past physical or sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, fears that someone else in the family was harming a child (and tried to make you agree not to tell anyone else)?

Clinical Knowedge

:arrow: What do you understand by the term 'mental illness'?
:arrow: Thinking about the children we deal with, which psychological models would be relevant?
:arrow: How you would overcome difficulties in carrying out cognitive assessments with clients with significant memory impairments?
:arrow: If a patient is experiencing an acute psychotic episode, what would the potential communication difficulties be, and how would you try to overcome them?
:arrow: How might depression be different in older adults?
:arrow: What do you understand by anorexia nervosa?
:arrow: How would anorexia nervosa be the same, and different in older and younger people?
:arrow: How might depression be different in older adults?
:arrow: What role does assessment play in learning Disability?
:arrow: What do you think are some of the main problems experienced by spinal cord injury patients?
:arrow: What problems might older people and their carers have?
:arrow: What particularly interests you about working with this client group?
:arrow: What issues would you face working with young people, adults and agencies?
:arrow: How do you ensure your work is safe and accountable?
:arrow: What psychological theory do you apply when working with young people?
:arrow: What issues do you think children and adolescents may present at this kind of service with?
:arrow: How can health psychology help in the area of learning disabilities?
:arrow: What can you draw on from your course which you think is relevant to this setting?
:arrow: What experience have you got of working with people with mental ill health?
:arrow: Can you envisage any difficulties working with this client group and if so, how would you rectify this?
:arrow: What issues should you be aware of when working with this particular population?
:arrow: If there are times when the clinic is less busy, how would you keep yourself occupied?
:arrow: What issues might an older person in a situation needing care face?
:arrow: Why are you interested in challenging behaviour?
:arrow: What do you know about brain damage?
:arrow: What would you expect with a patient that had suffered trauma?
:arrow: It has often been assumed that people with learning disabilities are not responsive to individual therapy as is often offered to other adults. We don't believe that and are working one-on-one with adults with learning disabilities. What issues and challenges do you think that might involve?
:arrow: What are the issues in mental health?
:arrow: Can you discuss any psychological models which can be used to treat people with mental health problems?
:arrow: What do you know about cognitive behavioural therapy?
:arrow: Can you discuss any psychological theories for working with people with substance misuse?
:arrow: What would you do to assist someone who was actively attempting to stop an addictive behaviour?
:arrow: What difficulties may there be when working with this client group?
:arrow: What psychological theories would you apply to this client group?
:arrow: What are the factors involved in working with people who have schizophrenia?
:arrow: Tell me about the theories and models used when working with people with schizophrenia and their application.
:arrow: Explain the model of cognitive behavioural therapy.
:arrow: How would you explain the model of cognitive behavioural therapy to a patient?
:arrow: Can you explain the main purposes of a neuropsychological assessment?
:arrow: Apart from cognitive impairments what might effect a patient?
:arrow: What can you tell us about confidentiality?
:arrow: What difficulties may there be when working with this client group?
:arrow: How have you put theory into practice in the past?
:arrow: Tell us about psycho-education.
:arrow: How will you manage working in the setting and carrying out the academic requirements?
:arrow: As you know, the unit is about to move to a special purpose built unit. What challenges do you think this might bring to the team, and how will you contribute to meeting these challenges?
:arrow: At times the young people on the unit can be verbally abusive / physically aggressive. How will you deal with this?
:arrow: What do you think causes Eating Disorders and why do you want to work in this area?
:arrow: What is challenging behaviour/how would you deal with it?
:arrow: What are the positives/negatives of neuropsychological assessment?
:arrow: If you had to use a neuropsychological test with a child, how would you explain this to the parents?
:arrow: Let’s say that this is the diagram of a person’s scores on a behavioural test during the past 6 months. Now this person moves house/room. What would you expect the line to do?
:arrow: How might you apply a theory to this client group
:arrow: If a patient had damage to the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex, what cognitive impairments would they display?
:arrow: What is a learning disability?
:arrow: What is your understanding of cognitive behavioural therapy? How could it be applied to this service?
:arrow: How would you reduce Did Not Attends at the service?
:arrow: What is different about working with people with learning disabilities? (compared to people without?)
:arrow: How would you deal with the patients' difficulties caused by the demographic problems of this area?
:arrow: Would you read a report to a patient?
:arrow: If a patient could not provide consent, what would you do?
:arrow: How would you treat [disorder]?
:arrow: What are your views about the amount of emotional involvement in clinical work that is appropriate?
:arrow: What similarities can you draw between cognitive and psychodynamic theories?
:arrow: What psychological model / orientation are you drawn to and what intrinsically appeals to you about this approach?
:arrow: Are there any other models you would like to know more about?
:arrow: What is the difference between diagnosis and formulation? How would that impact on treatment?
:arrow: Is clinical intuition a good or bad thing?
:arrow: I play tennis/get stressed when driving. How could I improve this using psychological techniques?
:arrow: What psychological models have you used in your work?
:arrow: How do psychological models relate to clinical psychology?
:arrow: From your experience, which model of psychology have you found most useful? Why?
:arrow: Tell me about a psychological theory and its application.
:arrow: Describe a psychological concept and relate it to a psychological theory and describe an example of its clinical application.

Professional issues

:arrow: How do you define confidentiality, and are there any exceptions?
:arrow: Pros and cons of multidisciplinary working?
:arrow: Why Health psychology and why did you chose that particular location to do it?
:arrow: What is the role of psychology in multidisciplinary teams in learning disabilities?
:arrow: What strengths can you bring to a multidisciplinary team?
:arrow: What do you think are the core competencies of an assistant psychologist?
:arrow: Tell us about working in a team, what was your role?
:arrow: What do you understand by multidisciplinary team?
:arrow: What experience have you had in a mental health setting?
:arrow: How would you work within a multidisciplinary team, especially with nurses?
:arrow: What qualities do think are important in multidisciplinary working?
:arrow: Explain what you know about multi disciplinary working.
:arrow: Describe a situation where you have had to work with different organisations to achieve a result.
:arrow: What disadvantages can you recognised as part of team working?
:arrow: What are the strengths and weaknesses of team working?
:arrow: What would you do if you saw a member of staff behaving in a way that caused you concern?
:arrow: What are your experiences of multidisciplinary team working?
:arrow: Have you ever been in a position where you were asked to do something you didn't feel competent to do? How did you handle this?
:arrow: Can you describe a situation of conflict in a work environment, and how you dealt with it?
:arrow: What can be done to overcome issues that can arise in multidisciplinary team working?
:arrow: What could you contribute to team meetings when working in this role?
:arrow: What attributes do you have that make you suitable for this role?
:arrow: How would you contribute to the team in a way that no one else could?
:arrow: What would you do if requested to perform duties outside your competency?
:arrow: Which professionals will you be working with?
:arrow: How good are you/confident are you with working with other teams, and how would you approach that team?
:arrow: Tell us about a time when you liaised with other agencies for the benefit of a client.
:arrow: Tell us about the time you had to liasie with a number of different people/organisations.
:arrow: How do you deal with you having different opinions of your colleagues?
:arrow: When have you worked in a team that worked well together and why do you think it was? Have you worked in a team that worked together less well?
:arrow: What would be the problems with group work in this setting?
:arrow: What are you like working in a team?
:arrow: What are some of the issues in relation to working in multidisciplinary teams?
:arrow: What is your understanding of personal health and safety responsibilities?
:arrow: Please describe a difficult professional situation that you have encountered - How did you handle it? - What issues did it raise? - What did you learn?
:arrow: Why should clinical training NOT consist of a series of assistant posts?
:arrow: Describe the scientist-practitioner model.
:arrow: Although trained as scientist-practitioners, many clinical psychologists end up working as plain practitioners. Can you identify some reasons why this might be?
:arrow: How are most clinical psychology departments managed and structured?
:arrow: If a department receives too many referrals and develops a waiting list, how should this best be managed?
:arrow: Tell us about what you know about audit procedures / quality enhancement / peer review.
:arrow: Do you think patients with short- or long-term problems should be prioritised?
:arrow: Can you talk about the importance of confidentiality?

Role/Remit of CP

:arrow: Talk about the differences between clinical psychology and counselling, in terms of theory and therapy?
:arrow: What is the difference between Clinical Psychologist and Psychologists from other fields?
:arrow: What does Clinical Psychology deal with?
:arrow: What motivates a clinical psychologist? What values are important to them?
:arrow: What is clinical psychology? What makes a good clinical psychologist?
:arrow: How do you see the future of clinical psychology?
:arrow: Do you think clinical psychologists are innovative? Give an example from your experience.
:arrow: What is the role of a clinical psychologist?
:arrow: How does the role of the clinical psychologist differ from that of other health care professionals?
:arrow: What is the contribution of a clinical psychologist to a multi-disciplinary team?
:arrow: Do you think that clinical psychologists should train non-clinical psychologists?
:arrow: What makes clinical psychology different from other mental health professions?
:arrow: What are the differences between forensic and clinical psychology?
:arrow: What has a psychologist got to offer/ what is their role?
:arrow: What is the role of psychologist with regards to the family?
:arrow: What are the limitations of an Assistant Psychologist over a qualified one?
:arrow: What are the strengths that a clinical psychologist can bring to a multidisciplinary team?
:arrow: What role would you expect an Assistant Psychologist to fulfil within this team?
:arrow: What do you think the role of a clinical psychologist is in this setting?
:arrow: What does a clinical psychologist do on an acute ward?
:arrow: What do you think this role will involve? How do you see the role in relation to the psychologist?
:arrow: How do you see an Assistant Psychologist fitting in to this team/service/role?

NHS & Legislative issues

:arrow: Why is research important within the NHS?
:arrow: Describe your understanding of CAMHS.
:arrow: Why would you want to work here and not the NHS?
:arrow: What do you understand by 'primary care'?
:arrow: How will you manage working in the setting and carrying out the academic requirements?
:arrow: Name two principles of the children act and describe how you would implement them.
:arrow: What services are provided in Primary Care?
:arrow: Tell us about the NSF standards for mental health care.
:arrow: What is clinical governance and where would you find it?
:arrow: Do you consider that audit is important and why?
:arrow: Tell us about recent changes (or a current issue) in the NHS (or recent white or green papers).
:arrow: Clinical psychologists are subject to the same pressures that everyone else is, to help government achieve their health aims and objectives. Do you know what the current government priorities are? How do these particularly affect clinical psychologists? How can psychologists participate in achieving these aims?
:arrow: What do you know about the supervision register?
:arrow: Have you any direct experience of community care? What are the pros and cons of this approach?
:arrow: How are the current changes in the NHS affecting clinical psychology?
:arrow: What were the main recommendations of the MAS report on clinical psychology services?
:arrow: How will the Layard report affect us?
:arrow: What have been the chief effects on clinical psychology services of current NHS reforms?
:arrow: What is your view about the separation of learning disabilities, including clinical psychology, into separate trusts?
:arrow: One aspect of the NHS reform is an emphasis upon consumer involvement and empowerment. What implications does this have for clinical psychology services?
:arrow: If you had a million pounds, how would you use it in the NHS/how would you reduce a clinical psychology department's waiting list? [/list]

Research issues

:arrow: Here is a research problem, suggest a research design.
:arrow: What factors would you need to control for?
:arrow: Suggest a sample size.
:arrow: Suggest some statistical tests.
:arrow: What would be most challenging about this research.
:arrow: What do you need to know to decide which test to use when analysing data?
:arrow: Tell us a bit about what you know of reliability and validity of data.
:arrow: Tell us about your research project.
:arrow: Tell me about a service review (audit) you have been involved in and what you learned from it.
:arrow: Tell me about randomised controlled trials.
:arrow: How important is audit?
:arrow: Tell me about some audit you've been involved with.
:arrow: What measures would you use in this study?
:arrow: In what way could you help in a service orientated project?
:arrow: Tell us about a research project you've worked on.
:arrow: What experience do you have with research and audit?
:arrow: How would you measure outcomes of an anger management group?
:arrow: What would you do with data from pre- and post-intervention scores to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment program?
arrow: Outline a piece of research you have done, and talk about any problems that arose, how you dealt with them, and what you would do differently.
:arrow: What statistical analyses did you use in your dissertation?
:arrow: How would you test data for normality?
:arrow: Tell me about your dissertation, and what kind of methodology did you use?
:arrow: How would you decide to use wither a parametric or non-parametric test?
:arrow: Describe your research experience.
:arrow: Tell us about a research project you have done.
:arrow: Tell us about your research experience?
:arrow: What challenges did you face in research and how did you overcome them?
:arrow: What research experience do you have?
:arrow: What do you like about research?
:arrow: What do you dislike about research?
:arrow: What challenges do you think could occur in this research project and how would you overcome them?
:arrow: How do you feel about statistics?
:arrow: Discuss your undergraduate/postgraduate dissertation and statistics used.
:arrow: What would you do if we gave you a day every week to do some research?
:arrow: Have a look at this diagram and tell us what you think it could be (example is a continuous distribution with no scores or title).
:arrow: In your dissertation, how did you know which statistical tests to use?
:arrow: What would you find challenging about asking clinical psychologists to take part in your research?
:arrow: What research skills have you gained?
:arrow: Tell us about your research, methods, results and importance of such study?
:arrow: Tell us about some research you've done, and how would you do it differently now?
:arrow: What do you think would be difficult about collecting data from psychiatric wards?
:arrow: What research have you read in this area?
:arrow: Please tell us about a piece of research you have been involved in? - What were you trying to achieve? - Did you achieve it?
:arrow: Talk to me about some research you have done - why those measures?
:arrow: What implications did your research have, what would you have done differently?
:arrow: Have you ever used SPSS before? How have you used it?
:arrow: Design an experiment to test whether social phobia is driven by internal or external cues.
:arrow: What is reliability and validity?
:arrow: Describe research you have done/ Comment on your undergraduate research project - What were your hypotheses? What stats did you use? How would you improve the study if you were to repeat it? With improved design etc., which journals might you submit to?
:arrow: Design a study to asses the effectiveness of a suicide intervention.
:arrow: Why is research important?
:arrow: Why are clinical psychologists good at research?
:arrow: What do you feel the value of research is to clinical work?
:arrow: What do you think qualitative research has to offer clinical psychology?
:arrow: Do you think research or clinical practice is the more important?
:arrow: What are the main types of experimental design used in clinical research?
:arrow: Describe the concepts of statistical significance.
:arrow: You are developing a questionnaire to measure X. What are the principles to bear in mind when developing a questionnaire?
:arrow: You are conducting service evaluation research into Y. How would you design the study?
:arrow: What is a double blind treatment outcome study?
:arrow: What is useful about single case research?
:arrow: If you were developing a new memory test, what psychometric principles would you need to follow?
:arrow: In a treatment outcome design, why is it necessary to have an alternative method of psychological treatment to the experimental condition, as well as a no treatment condition?
:arrow: What are reliability and validity? How did you develop these for your research? How could you have improved these?
:arrow: Tell us about qualitative and quantitative research methods: Their definitions and differences, advantages and disadvantages
:arrow: If you wanted to do X would you use quantitative or qualitative methodology? Why?
:arrow: What does audit mean? How is it different from research?
:arrow: What sort of methods might enable clinical psychologists to evaluate direct and indirect work?


:arrow: What are your ideas about supervision? What would you want to use this for?
:arrow: When would you approach your supervisor for extra help?
:arrow: What would you get from supervision, is it important? - Why, What’s your experience of it?
:arrow: Tell me about a time when you've used supervision and you feel it helped you.
:arrow: What do you think is the role/purpose of supervision?
:arrow: What do you think is the best approach in supervision between the supervisor and the trainee?
:arrow: What is clinical supervision and what have you got out of it previously?
:arrow: What experience do you have of working under supervision?
:arrow: Supervision is very important as a trainee, and in 'relevant experience' posts. It particularly relates to the issue of working within your levels and areas of competence. What is the role of supervision?
:arrow: Describe good and bad experiences/elements of supervision.
:arrow: What is the best form of supervision?
:arrow: What makes supervision work?
:arrow: What are the good and bad aspects of group versus individual supervision?
:arrow: If you had a difference of opinion with your supervisor, what would you do?
:arrow: How might you deal with a situation where you did not get on with your supervisor?

Equal opportunities

:arrow: How do you train staff to deal with clients’ sexuality?
:arrow: What are the cultural issues on an acute ward?
:arrow: What do you need to think about if working with a person from a different ethnic or religious background to yourself?
:arrow: What are the issues when working with ethnic minorities?
:arrow: What are some of the issues involved in working with the Asian community?
:arrow: What is cultural difference awareness?
:arrow: What do you do if a client asks about your beliefs or cultural/religious background?
:arrow: How do you ensure your work meets diverse needs?
:arrow: What experience do you have of working with people from black and ethnic minorities?
:arrow: What issues do you think you would have to think about when working with patients from a variety of cultures?
:arrow: The four principles of the DoH white paper Valuing Paper are: Choice, Independence, Rights, and Inclusion. How would you implement these in a psychology service?
:arrow: What issues might a young person face, living in London with parents from a different cultural background?
:arrow: How would you treat a client of different ethnic origin that was referred to you?
:arrow: How would you feel about working with a client who spoke no English / held strong racist views? How would you deal with this situation?
:arrow: Why do you think that some people have difficulty accessing psychology services?
:arrow: Which populations tend to be affected and why?
:arrow: Are there ways that services are structured which discourage their use from ethnic minority groups? How might services be made more accessible to them?
:arrow: What issues should psychologists be aware of when working with someone from a different age / sexuality / gender to themselves?
:arrow: Who are “vulnerable children” / “Children in Special Circumstances”?
:arrow: What could be done to make a service more accessible to socially excluded groups?

Finally, this question can pop up at any time:

:arrow: Do you think your response (to the previous question) answers the question? :? :lol:

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Last modified on 22 December 2007
Last edited by russ on Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:21 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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