Interview Questions

Graduate school is tough; there's no doubt about that.  Even when you've got the degree, you still need to get the job. 

Enter the job interview, stage left.

Often times, interviewees think that the job interview is a one way street. In fact, the opposite is true.  The job interview is a time for an employer to find a good potential employee who meshes well with the professional goals of the agency, and vice versa.  Knowing what types of interview questions may be asked of you as a future school psychologist will help you prepare for the interview. 

The following are examples of some questions you might hear, or might want to ask, while rehearsing for your interview.

Questions to Ask the Interview Team:
  1. Tell me what you’re looking for in a school psychologist
  2. What roles do you expect a school psychologist to fill?
  3. What type of supervision or mentoring will be available to me?
  4. What type of schools do you predict I would serve?
  5. What method does the school use to identify students with learning disabilities?
  6. Would this be an itinerate position?
  7. Do you support ongoing conference attendance or other professional development?
  8. What is your district’s model of administration?  What is the chain of command within the agency or buildings where I would be working?
  9. Who will be my supervisor?
  10. What role does the principal play in special education in school?
  11. What method of evaluation does the district/school use for identification of SLD students?
  12. Will I be engaging in counseling in this location?
  13. Will I be a member of any general education teams or committees?  What will be my role within those teams?
Questions and Prompts to Expect from the Interview Team:
  1. What would you like to tell me about yourself?
  2. What are your career goals?
  3. What are your professional interests?
  4. Tell me about your experience with collaborative groups.
  5. Tell me about your experience with English-Language Learners (ELLs).
  6. Tell me about your knowledge of multiculturalism and experience with diverse cultures.
  7. Tell me about your experience with your school psychology practicum.
  8. Tell me about your time management and organizational skills.
  9. How well do you handle confrontation?
  10. How would you respond to an older teacher who does not respond well to a new school psychologist?
  11. How do you manage stress in your own life?