Two weeks until I go to Southampton for that interview! I’ve made a plan for how to prepare for it (I’m a ‘plan-making’ kind of person) and as I was sent the programme for the interview day it wasn’t very hard. There will be a group task, which I can’t prepare for really as I will not know the task before hand. However, I had to go through a group task for my last interview and I think I did pretty well (I mean I got the job after all) and I am fairly confident that I’m good in groups. The next part will be an individual interview which will consist of two parts; ‘academic’ and ‘the practice of educational psychology’. So I need to show that I am academic (know what’s going on in educational psychology, etc.) and that I know what educational psychology is about. For this I will prepare through;
- Reading recent educational psychology journals
- Reading up on children services issues
- Write down how I have applied psychology in my work settings
Educational Psychology Practice;
- Read EdPsych job descriptions
- Sum up what I know about EdPsych’s and their work
- Write down what I have done to get learn more about Educational Psychology and Educational Psychologists
- Write down my skills and how they will help me in my job as a future EdPsych!
Then the interview will finish with a individual task. For this we’ll be given a short paper that we’ll have to read and summarise, highlighting the key points of the paper. This will be timed so will have to be done in a certain time frame. For this I can simply summarise one or two of the academic papers I will read as preparation for the academic-part of the individual interview.
As you probably understand, I am so nervous about this! It’s like an opportunity of a lifetime! Feel like all this preparation is going to lead me nowhere, but as Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to prepare is preparing for failure”. So if I don’t prepare I will almost definitely fail! Better make the most of this!