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    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Hi! I've had a couple interviews and wanted to share some details that may be helpful to some. As far as dress goes, these were clinical psych phd interviews, and every single person in attendance was in a pantsuit. For women, most wore flats and a wide assortment of blouses. One interview experience was full of more structured interview questions including: 1. Why should we pick you personally over other qualified candidates 2. What are your greatest strengths and room for improvement 3. Describe a time you had conflict at work and what you did, if anything, to resolve it 4. Describe what role you play in a team as well as the usual questions to describe my research experiences, what I am interested in, and how I became interested in the field. For the next interview day, nearly every single interview was almost entirely just a back-and-forth dialogue in which I asked most of the questions. Some of the few actual interview questions included: 1. What are my research experiences, and in what way do I think these tie into my mentor's research 2. What accomplishment am I most proud of 3. What do I do to cope when I am in over my head 4. What do I think would be the biggest challenge for me in graduate school 5. What would my dream project be if I did not have to worry about funding, resources, etc. 6. Why did I apply to this specific program 7. What experiences do I have with scientific writing (I do not have any publications, so they wanted to know about other experiences such as class papers)
  2. 4 points
    I'm also waiting to hear. I emailed the coordinator and was told that all first round offers will be completed by February 1st. I didn't know they were only doing Skype interviews, but there's still two weeks to hear something! Fingers crossed!!
  3. 4 points

    2019 Applicants

    Idk about all of you but I’m getting pretty tired of the fact that I experience time passing at a normal rate! Wish I could just KNOW decisions already and move on with my life one way or another.
  4. 4 points
    What does everyone think about including the POI initials in the notes section of the results page, so that individuals do not have to request them?
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    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    First off, congrats on making it to the interview round!--that should already be a testament to how capable you are. Take a deep breath and acknowledge that you are entirely capable of nailing that interview! Personally, (1) I started by looking at my potential POI's research--really, really know their research. They will most definitely bring it up/potentially ask you which research stream you are most interested in. (2) Know the program. Download the psychology graduate handbook if there is one. Read it. Wow them if they start bringing up program specifics and you know them already--it makes you look well-informed and enthusiastic. (3) Know your application. This includes being able to talk about your specific experiences (be it research, mentoring, extracurriculars), and if you wrote a research proposal as part of your application, READ THE ARTICLES YOU CITED, they test you! (4) Know what questions you want to ask. (Check out the first couple posts of this thread--sample questions are posted). ALWAYS ask questions. Take a deep breath, and walk in. You got this. Show them what you've got
  6. 3 points

    2019 Applicants

    I got you, hold on a sec. Wow, here we are in mid-late February! You're welcome everyone !!
  7. 3 points

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    This is a great list of steps to take to prepare for interviews! I would add that one way to keep it all organized is to create a "guideline" or sorts. I did this on a word document where I included questions I would likely be asked (taken from TGC and other sources) with the response I would like to provide, questions I would like to ask (for this I made the longest list possible which really came in handy when I interviewed with one particular POI who had no structure during the interview and had me ask all the questions), and a review of all of the POIs research articles and interests. I then printed this and had it with me throughout the day- this was extremely helpful!! I also wrote a paragraph with my research interests and goals post grad school. I was asked this so often that I found it very helpful to "study it" until it became second nature. DO NOT MEMORIZE obviously as it will not sound natural but make sure that you can easily talk about it. Also, it's all about perspective! If you walk in thinking that you are going to learn about cool research and meet potential colleagues, as opposed to an interview where you will be drilled, you will go in more confident and relaxed. PS. I read this last advice from someone here on TGC and it truly helped me the day of. Best of luck!
  8. 3 points

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Step 1: Breathe You got this. I posted a link to a PDF at the beginning of this thread. Begin at Section 3 of the document, you already achieved the first two milestones. Unless you're very anxious, read the whole dang thing (I did LOL). Begin by creating documents with the questions/answers to each program. Try to narrow down specific answers for each question, in writing first, if it helps you gather down your thoughts/ideas. Then, begin practicing. Lots. Have your top questions/answers memorized (What are your research interests? What are your strengths/weaknesses? Why this program?) Repetition until it feels natural and it is not so anxiety-producing is my approach. I've read that recording yourself is also useful. Also ask your mentors/letter-writers to coach you/provide you feedback with your answers, if at all possible. After that, the fun part(!), begin creating questions you'd want answered for each of the programs/POIs you're interviewing with. And then questions for the graduate students. Again, your entire prep should be school-POI specific, so it's not so overwhelming!
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    Heyy, Good luck with your interview! Unfortunately, I'm still a full-time undergrad balancing coursework/thesis/RA stuff/etc., so I won't be able to practice with you. Here are some resources: See: "Section 3: I just Got an Interview...." It really helps a lot! Best of luck!
  10. 3 points
    Has anyone heard from Notre Dame for Clinical Psych PhD? I know one person posted and mentioned they were doing only Skype interviews this year. Does anyone else have more info?
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    Applications 2019

    That you've got the grit just like them. Can your passion, persistence, and work ethic show themselves in your application? They're looking for deep commitment to the discipline and to work with students who ask similar research questions as they do. They want to be able to run their graduate seminars and expect their students to enroll and enjoy the questions and readings being engaged. Remember, a significant portion of your exam list readings will be "suggested" by the POI and the rest of the committee. To make through the grueling process leading up to the exams, the students better enjoy reading and studying many of the works that their professors find valuable.
  12. 3 points
    *sips from delicious glass of white tears* "BS in Biochemistry at Temple U. 6 month undergraduate research in biophysics (wet lab), 6 months undergraduate research in Computational biophysics, and 2 years as a research technician in pathobiology at UPenn. 3 co-authors and currently submitting a first author paper. 4 LORs. Rejected via email. I'm a middleclass white male. I'm not saying I'm the best candidate, but if you arent a female or URM, you will most likely be rejected. On their program overview page it says over the past few years 61% were female and 31% URM. Good luck to all of you hard working white men out there!"
  13. 2 points

    You are GREAT!

    In a few weeks, you'll find out where you're accepted, rejected or waitlisted. By now, I'm sure you're experiencing all sorts of highs and lows. This is a very stressful process. Sometimes, all you want is some news because you're starting to feel down about the process. Big News? You're alive. -There are currently seven billion people alive today and the Population Reference Bureau estimates that about 107 billion people have ever lived. -Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth. -You are unique and nobody in the entire world is like you are -The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have. (Which makes having a college degree even greater!) -Most people lack a bed of their own to sleep in -Many people on earth lack access to clean water. -Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy. -You have friends that will always have your back. (And if you don't, message me. Let's talk. And if you do, let's talk anyways) -You can enjoy pizza. Or Ice Cream. -There are people in your life who love you more than you could ever know -The Internet, n'uff said? But in all seriousness, try not to compare yourself to others. We have a tendency to look at how great the lives of other people are going without realizing the stresses they're hiding. No matter where you get in or don't get in, please be proud of yourselves. You've worked incredibly hard to get to where you are. An acceptance doesn't determine who you are and a rejection doesn't make you lesser than. It just means not this year. You might realize that your passions change over the course of a year. And you might discover those new interests are really interesting when you do reapply. You might discover some universities that previously rejected you might accept you the following year and viceversa. Lastly, a word on rankings: USNews rankings for English are determined by 14 percent of respondents who were department heads or director of graduate studies. As such, it's hard to take rankings those seriously when a lot of the rankings are based on "name brand". Most departments are only paying attention to a few select schools and placements may vary considerably across specific interests. Follow your heart when making a decision. Happiness is the number one thing that will make you succeed in a program and that happiness will translate to the quality of work you produce. Good luck all. You're going to do great!
  14. 2 points
    Not sure if this was a wave or not, but got invited to interview at NYU today!
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    Yes! Opps I am so sorry I meant Jan 15th
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    I was really nervous before, but I'm actually sort of calmed down now because I really like the program I got into!
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    What are your hobbies?

    Tarot readings! I forgot to mention that lol
  18. 2 points
    Update in case anyone is wondering: Princeton and University of Oregon have extended all of their interview invites. University of Boulder CO says invites should be sent out in the coming week.
  19. 2 points

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Wheel-throwing is so difficult at first! What a wonderful way to distract yourself. I think starting a new hobby, doing a lot of self-care (whatever that looks like to you) to keep the stress in check, spending time with your loved ones, etc. are all nice ways to pass the time. I took a great mini vacation in a nearby city over the weekend with one of my best friends and it was just what I needed. I think it's worth noting that last year I only applied to one school and didn't get in. I was super bummed but it ended up being an amazing year for me professionally. I moved into a new work position that has been life-changing and it wouldn't have happened if I got into that program. I find that it is often true that things work out as they should. Keep your chins up and try to think positively! I know that can be difficult. But I know that I did my absolute best with my applications and that's all I can do.
  20. 2 points

    PHD Applicants: Fall 2019

    I think a lot of PhD programs actually cover the same coursework people take during a masters- so in that sense, going straight to PhD means you wouldn't be missing out on whatever masters students learn. As for learning the masters skills elsewhere (research job, fellowship, etc) - I think you could learn some, but not all. I think my masters gave me broad background in public health/epi/biostats. I've used/sharpened some of those skills at work, but don't think working would give me the same breadth of knowledge that the masters did. One consideration if you do wind up with debt from a masters and then do a PhD is the NIH loan repayment program: https://www.lrp.nih.gov/ It provides 35k/year for 2 years directly towards your student loans (given that you meet certain criteria)- I absolutely plan to apply for it post-PhD!
  21. 2 points

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Thank you for the insight and for the SDN resource (I actually hadn't heard of that forum). I have been doing more research and talking to more people about the APA accreditation and I just hope they admit me into the dual clinical and IDD program at OSU which is APA-accredited! Either that or that I hear back from the other schools I applied to (at least the ones that I haven't seen anything posted for on the results page). Now that I have interviewed for a program, I find the waiting time to hear back from them even more anxiety provoking than waiting for an interview invitation ?
  22. 2 points


    Hi, rather than making a new thread for this and cluttering the forum, please check out the following threads that are already very much active and thriving. And also: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/114304-fall-2019-clinical-psych-interview-invites/ and https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/114490-fall-2019-clinical-psychology-applicants-phd-psyd/
  23. 2 points

    2019 Education Applications

    This is great advice! @2019CulturePhD I'm in a different department at the U of M so my experience may be different. I heard from the department before I got my official letter from the school. The letter from the department invited me to the Grad Student Research Day (March 1st this year) and mentioned that I have until April 15th to decide. The letter also stated who my adviser would be and to reach out to them to talk about funding. I then emailed the professor and we have been trading emails back and forth to talk about funding and have a phone call set up. Do you know who your advisor is? I would reach out to them or if you don't know to the department admin to check.
  24. 2 points
    Thanks yes! Super helpful wow.
  25. 2 points

    2019 Applicants

    I taught Of Mice and Men in a 9th grade English class last year and all my students started using the word "tart" instead of slut because of it...not exactly the result i was hoping for
  26. 2 points
    I'm not saying I'm the best candidate, but I am saying I'm a racist.
  27. 2 points
    Hahahahahaha, oh my God!
  28. 2 points
    For anyone who was obsessively checking/waiting on Houston: They have sent all of their invites out!
  29. 2 points
    I had interviews my first round and did not receive any acceptances. The feedback I got back was that I did not have as clear and concise academic/research ideas and theoretical perspectives as the other applicants - so I just felt happy that it was something I could easily develop, and that it wasn't my personality or interviewing skills that were horrible. ? Everyone's experiences are different though. I know people who are still on their third or fourth attempt, while some people were accepted their first round! Good luck! ☺️
  30. 1 point
    @extramaniac It's hard to say anything more specific than stellar grades from R1 institutions. Many of the people in my Ph.D. cohort were rejected from Stanford, so I'm guessing research fit is also a big part of it. I spent the summer before applying at Stanford working in Bioengineering and met with the chair of the admissions committee and was still rejected (probably because of my GPA), so who you know definitely isn't all of it.
  31. 1 point

    2019 Applicants

    THISSSSSS I keep looking at the date and just basically being offended by it.
  32. 1 point

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Some interview questions that have been posted in this thread as well as in Mitch's handbook are a good start. Make sure you have answers to these questions. Also, be familiar with your POI's recent work (read a few of the most current/most seminal of their work). And be prepared to talk about your own research: what you've done and what you hope to do. Lastly, remember to breathe. The programs decided you're great on paper, so they know you have some competency/skill. Just try to be confident. You belong there, even if the jerky voice in your head is giving you doubts.
  33. 1 point
    Just updated my previous posts....my interview at University of Tennessee went really well and I was accepted! I am very excited and can't wait to start. I've seen some posts about interviewing. I agree with others who have mentioned bringing a folio or something professional looking to keep your CV in, just in case. Maybe this is common sense, but I also wanted to say make sure you're treating any time you spend with current students as an interview as well. Be personable with them, as they want to know how you'd fit in, but be appropriate. A couple people that interviewed let their manners slip some when we were with the students and the students didn't look impressed. And, ladies, if you're not someone who wears heels every day, wear flats to your interview! We took a long walk around campus after the interviews and the girls in heels were clearly in a lot of pain. Good luck to everyone!
  34. 1 point
    I think it may have been me who said 25-27, I just had it written down wrong on my calendar! It is 24-26 like the website says.
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    2019 Applicants

    Small note: Notre Dame's Literature program is no longer admitting new students. (Not to be confused with their English program.)
  36. 1 point

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Most schools wait until after their application deadline has passed and they've had time to review applicants to start calling folks for interviews, so I wouldn't be concerned about a lack of interview action this early in the game!
  37. 1 point

    Letters of Recommendations

    Ask if your professor is willing to write a LOR for you. Go to each school's admissions website and input your professor's email The schools will send forms for your professors to fill in his/her letter of recommendation Your professor can copy and paste the one letter s/he wrote for you into each school's online form. Hope this helps.
  38. 1 point
    I think the only situation where it would make sense for you to take a course is if: - you don't feel you have good LoRs at this point - you can comfortably spend the $5000 - the course has small enrollment and you will be able to build a relationship with the professor -- also the professor would need to be tenure-track - the topic of the course is closely related to what you hope to study in a PhD program - it is an upper level course that focuses in detail on specific topics where the prof would be able to write specific notes about your contributions to class and your research/writing Even if these conditions are met, it might not be necessary. I certainly wouldn't take an intro course, a course without a tenure-track instructor (as the LoR wouldn't be seen as valuable), or a course in a random area of sociology that differs from what you want to take. There are tons of sociology PhD students who don't have a background in sociology and I highly doubt admissions committee care whether these students have taken courses in sociology. What they care about more is the ability to do social research and possibly some quantitative skills which can be developed in other programs, and the ability to propose interesting sociological research. The only reason to take a course would be if you think you could get someone who will write you an amazing letter that will strengthen your application.
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    Applications 2019

    I just wanted to echo this statement. Interviewing at Northwestern is an exception, not the norm.
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    Genetic Counseling Fall 2019 Applicants

    I applied to Brandeis as well and haven’t heard anything. I think last year they were sending out interview invites in late January.
  41. 1 point

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I’m just dumbfounded at the amount of false information here to be honest. A minimum of ten schools? So your mentors were encouraging you to blow 1000 dollars on app fees? That’s just bad advice? Your art should speak for itself. And then you get the opportunity to do so in your statements and essays. The faculty spends weeks and months going through applications and finding the proper candidates. How the hell is that anything like a lottery? I’m just genuinely at a loss for words for how wrong all of that is.
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    Fall 2019 Applications

    I think it's a good sign. They do an interview to give you a chance when there may be circumstances (non-traditional, lower GPA) that may need more explanation. It's reasonable to be nervous but if your recommenders were confident in you and you felt like you demonstrated your skills and potential well, I would try to see it as a good opportunity. Best of luck!
  43. 1 point

    2019 Applicants

    Does anybody else vacillate between thinking that they're definitely going to get into XYZ school and thinking that they're definitely going to get rejected from everywhere? I'll catch myself thinking, "I should brush up on Latin before graduate school," and other times I'm like, "Welp. Full-time office job, please don't suck too much or give me back pain from being so sedentary."
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    The Positivity Thread

    I have an official offer from one school and an interview invite at another!
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    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I too got an unexpected offer from NC State. Pretty pumped about it. My email said the same thing "20 hours of TA"; that seems awfully high - is that normal?
  46. 1 point
    This response alone would easily make you one of the best therapy clinicians I know!
  47. 1 point
    I would add that it's also sometimes a case of serendipity/right fit at the right time. The factors playing in to why some people are admitted and others are not can be inconsistent and unpredictable. It could be the case that the POIs you applied to had students who they already had connections with apply to them, their pile of applicants was stronger than previous years and they could only choose 1 or 2, etc. Of course, strengthening your application and CV are always going to help you out in the long run, and I would suggest trying again next year! Particularly if you have a pub in the works and can continue working within research. Try your best not to take it personally, and keep in mind there is always a lot of moving parts involved with getting accepted or rejected!
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    It’s usually better to make one thread for acceptances and waitlists and then a separate thread for rejections.
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  50. 1 point

    Faculty perspectives

    Why, thank you! The course is a lot of fun. And my condolences on the loss of your mother. Let me take these in order: 1. Publications are nice, but we don't expect them from our applicants. The profile you describe sounds competitive—conferences are generally a good sign that you understand what you're getting yourself into. 2. Not a problem. 3. If it's related to your proposed course of study, it'd be directly relevant; otherwise, it'd be indicative of your overall abilities. Counts for something either way. 4. A gap year in and of itself shouldn't hurt your chances anywhere. Lots of people sample the waters elsewhere before deciding to return to academia, and I don't think it's taken as an indicator of much of anything. As to the reason for your gap year, let me bundle it with the next answer. 5-6. Whether or not to discuss family is a really tricky question. I would love to say that you won't face discrimination in Ph.D. admissions due to family status. And most of the academics I know would, I'm pretty sure, bend over backward to avoid discrimination on that or any other basis. I can't make that guarantee, though, and I don't want to pretend that I can. I can promise you that anyone who raises it on our Admissions Committee will be informed in no uncertain terms that it's not an admissible criterion. That sort of thing really pisses me off. What does that imply for a general strategy? I've seen people go in a couple of different directions that make sense to me. The first is to set up a firewall between your professional and personal life during the admissions process and be extremely selective about what, if anything, gets through. Your personal life is personal—it isn't relevant to your application. You needn't mention your marital status at all, and in fact questions about marital status, number of children, sexual orientation, health, etc. are very likely illegal in an admissions process. (You typically do get asked about race for diversity purposes, but answering should always be optional.) You are well within your rights to answer such questions with "I don't believe you're allowed to ask that question." If you feel the need to explain the deficits that you perceive (though, per 1., I really don't think they're deficits and I doubt they'll hurt you much at all), having a letter-writer mention the suicide of your mother would most likely be sufficient to get people to cut you some slack. Other than that, you don't need to mention anything. You can even take your wedding ring off in advance and let the mark fade if it makes you feel more comfortable. Your marital status is none of anyone's business. The second is almost the reverse: to use information about your personal status as a screening mechanism to help you narrow down your choices. In this strategy, you make a point of mentioning the details of your personal life under the assumption that, if a department discriminates against you on that basis, it's not a department that you'd want to be a part of. If they go out of their way to help (by asking about whether they can help advise you about a position for your husband, about day care, etc.), you might be more inclined to go there. That said, I should emphasize that the people on the admissions committee are not always (or even usually) going to be the people on your dissertation committee. For that reason, a variant on this strategy is to mention your personal details only to your person or people of interest, in order to flush out their reaction. Set up a call or initiate an email exchange to discuss the department and ask how well you'd fit, and on your list of questions include the question of whether the city is family-friendly, or something along those lines. You can weigh the pros and cons of each strategy as it relates to your own situation. I've seen both work well. Either way, if you do face the sort of discrimination that you've faced in the past when it comes to research opportunities or anything else, do not hesitate to raise the issue with your advisor, your DGS, and/or your chair. The people in those positions should have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to such behavior.

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