With the 2019 application cycle ending, I wanted to get everyone's input on how interviews went with faculty, POI, and current Students. I interviewed 2 times this cycle and got some great insight. I am interested in hearing about successful interviews and how an applicant answered a specific challenging question or a question on research. In addition, I asked for feedback from the 2 programs and got some great critical feedback to improve my interview skills for the next cycle.
I interviewed for:
Denver University (PSYD)- This was the strangest interview by far. I was asked a lot of questions about my current enrollment, thoughts about art, and less about my experience, skills, and why I want to be in the program.
Some example questions were:
-What is a piece of art that impacted your life in the last five years?
-Dead or alive, three people you would want to have dinner with?
-Teach me something I do not know
I felt unprepared for these type of abstract questions, especially coming from a clinical psychology research program.
Texas Tech University (Ph.D- Counseling Psychology)
this interview was very extensive. I spent a total of 4 hours with the POI interviewing with her and discussing research. In addition, I interviewed with 6 other faculty members.
-ultimately, i felt I was close to getting into the program but the POI's feedback explained that I did not ask questions about the other faculties research interest.
Please reply with your experiences.