PhD/PsyD APPIC Internship Interview Invitation Thread (2019)

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  1. Brightside27

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    Two people from my program got invites


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  2. laughingasong

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    Congrats!!!! Hoping to get interviews for their school sites.
     
  3. haRtwin

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    I just received an interview invitation for the 11th. They are only offering that date. I declined the invitation so maybe you will hear from them. Good luck =)
     
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    This is probably pretty vague, but to answer the question about moving up on the rank list: The applicants that I get excited about are the ones that are excited about my program. If you are genuinely interested in a program, I think communicating that interest is important (without obviously breaking the rule of saying where you plan to rank the site). Being prepared and knowing the site well is a "turn on." Asking good questions that are site-specific can also communicate you are familiar and interested (i.e., I see on rotation X there is the possibility of supervising practicum students; what might that look like? Rather than just asking if there are opportunities to supervise). Giving examples from your own experience to highlight your responses can also be helpful.

    The other question from multiple folks was about red flags. Most are really blatant that even other applicants the day of will notice, such as narcissism, seeming competitive with other applicants, seeming argumentative, "knowing better" than others, etc. There have even been applicants who have argued with their potential supervisor during the interview. I understand if you don't agree with what your interviewer is saying, but there's no need to hash it out in an interview (and the arguments were very trivial). Not asking any questions can be a red flag. I know many sites allow ample opportunity to ask questions, but even with your last interviewer, it can't hurt to ask the same question just to get a different perspective. Also, make sure you interact with the current interns, if given the opportunity. We've had candidates that are shy and aren't as open to asking questions, but making eye contact, nodding, etc. can go a long way to show you're engaged (although definitely take advantage of the time you have with them - it can help with your own decision making). We've had interns tell us that there were applicants who were on their phone the whole time and didn't talk to them at all. I know you may need to check your phone - especially if you're still waiting to hear from sites, but if you want to check your phone, do it on a break in the bathroom.

    Someone else asked about nervousness. It's completely normal to be nervous on an interview day, and I hope that most will recognize this (we're psychologists after all). Heck, I'm always a little nervous because I want the applicants to like me/the site too! I think it could be detrimental if you're so anxious that it is impacting how you respond. For example, if you're giving one-word answers, completely having lots of mind-blanking moments, you could also look disinterested or not prepared. If you know you get very anxious for interviews and may have these sorts of problems, then ask your faculty to do some practice interviews. Or do some with your classmates. Or stand in front of a mirror.

    Although this question wasn't directed at me specifically, I wanted to give my input re: facial piercings and tattoos. I have no problems with these, but I do know of other faculty who have brought it up in ranking meetings. The concern is usually questioning the judgment of the applicant since many are told to remove them or cover them for interviews. Some places also have dress codes against these things and I wouldn't expect an applicant to know the ins and outs of the site's dress code, but it could give pause from other faculty. I would say, if you want to be cautious and not jeopardize your chances, remove them/cover them for your interview. It's possible that one person (who you may never even work with) may have a problem with it and it could affect where you fall on the rank list. On the other hand, if you didn't want to match at a site that had judgments about it (even if it was your absolute top choice), then wear them.

    TLDR:
    Be genuine, be prepared, be interested in the site. It's fine if you're nervous. Remove/cover facial piercings/tattoos if you want to be conservative/not want it to affect you (you would be okay not matching at your top site for that reason).
     
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    Rejection from Tewksbury Hospital SMI Track. Officially in panic mode.


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  6. WisNeuro

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    Hopefully not for the neuro track? Houston is arguably one of the best neuro training grounds in the country.
     
  7. barbatenussapientes

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    It's hard to potentially miss out because of it. But, it happens. One of my sites did not have this clearly marked and I nearly missed it. It is a really hectic time and you were juggling a lot of different things. You can always attempt to see if they will take it.
     
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    Nope. My invitation was for the general internship.
     
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    Thanks for this insight! I know that asking questions is important, but I've run into the issue a couple of times now where my interview with the person goes over, someone is waiting outside the door and they will say "we are bit over time and need to wrap up, but do you have any questions?" I've felt pressured to not ask my whole list of questions, and want to demonstrate that i'm respectful of the next person, but also that i'm interested in the site. What is the best way to handle this situation? Just saying that I'm aware time is up, and I do have questions but just ask the one most pressing?
     
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    Test for four hours, return to phone which shows 13 emails. None of them are internship-related. Nice.


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    Site: Hawaii Psychology Internship Consortium
    Date Notification Received: 12/6
    Notification: Personal Email
    Tracks: Kauai School District
    Interview Dates: Skype only; Scheduled on Jan 9

    So excited!
     
  12. str63

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    There are no official guidelines saying that they can't accept it, although they may have their own rules. I'd recommend sending an email back, apologize for the mistake, state that you hope that they will still be able to consider your application and attach the missing documents. The worst they can do is not consider you.
     
  13. str63

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    You could always say something like, "I do have a few questions, but it could probably be answered by others, so I'm happy to hold off knowing that we're out of time." There may be opportunities later in the day to ask the faculty questions, or if it's a genuine question that you have after you've left the site, you can always reach out after.
     
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    I received an invitation on 28 November.
     
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    Hoping on this one too...but Children & Trauma track.
     
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    I have had this happen at my first practicum and I was simply honest with the training director. After I asked a few of the most important questions, I stated that I wanted to be respectful of their time and of the other applicant, but I had additional questions since I was highly interested in the site. I also asked if it would be possible to email or call at a later time/date to ask these questions and the training director was more that happy to address them later. It worked really well in my case as I got the position! Hope this helps.
     
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    Official Site Name: El Paso Psychology Internship Consortium
    Date Invitation Received: 12/5/18
    Method of Invitation (Phone call, personal/mass email, snapchat): email
    Specialty Track or Site (e.g., for consortiums): N/A
    Offered Interview Dates: TBD

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    Official Site Name: Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service
    Date Invitation Received: 12/6/18
    Method of Invitation (Phone call, personal/mass email, snapchat): Phone call
    Specialty Track or Site (e.g., for consortiums): n/a
    Offered Interview Dates: I think he said 1/2-1/7? He is going to follow up with an email + signup link soon
     
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    Has anyone heard from Woody Williams VA in Huntington WV yet?


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  20. Internship19-20

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    Has anyone heard from Cambridge Health Alliance?
     
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    So excited FOR you! That's awesome!
     
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  22. HyrulePsyD

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    Still waiting here :(
     
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    Not yet, i have their date as the 15th but hopefully sooner...

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  24. MrsPsyD2020

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    congrats. Seems like this one is sending in waves... hoping one of those waves hits me soon
     
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    I tried to send you a PM, but your settings don't allow them. Can you go to profile, privacy settings, and change the messaging settings? I'd love some of your input on OSH.
     
  26. tn15an

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    I'm waiting on them too. It looks like they tend to contact around the 8th of December so we're still early.
     
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    Thank you! I think he said they are sending out the link tomorrow, so I hope you hear back soon! :) I just got the call about a half hour ago so I'm sure he's not through the list yet.
     
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    Do current interns have much of an impact on the rankings of the applicants interviewing at their sites? I do not mean the obvious cases when they would likely report back any clear red flags they might observe during the day, or when they are explicitly interviewing the applicant. I am curious about more of the technically non-evaluative contexts, such as group lunches/other potential social events.
     
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    Thanks for the info and good luck! :) I hope we hear soon.
     
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    IME only if there is a significant red flag.
     
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    Not usually. I think there are some sites out there that have interns participate, but usually they are just notifying faculty of red flags or others who seem particularly enthusiastic.

    Edited to add: I also prefer not having our interns involved because it allows the applicants to be more relaxed and ask questions of the interns they actually have rather than to feel "on" the whole day. I think it's incredibly important for the applicants to have a good understanding of the site - ranking is a two way street!
     
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    The level of intern involvement in selection has been different even among the few sites where I've worked -- but assume that they do weigh in and act accordingly, just to be safe.
     
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    Official Site Name: Maimonides Medical Center
    Date Invitation Received: 12/06/18
    Method of Invitation (Phone call, personal/mass email, snapchat): Mass Email
    Specialty Track or Site (e.g., for consortiums): Adult
    Offered Interview Dates: December 20, December 27, January 2, January 3, January 7, or January 10
    (In honor of last year) If & How you're staying sane: Cuddling with my dog and super grateful to have another interview!
     
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    Rejection from Maimonides Medical Center - emailed with a general letter attached.
     
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    Has anyone heard from CMHI Pueblo??


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    Official Site Name:Hawai'i Psychology Internship Consortium
    Date Invitation Received: 12/06/18
    Method of Invitation (Phone call, personal/mass email, snapchat): Personalied email
    Specialty Track or Site (e.g., for consortiums): Kauai School District, East Hawai'i Family Guidance Center, Hawai'i School District, West Hawai'i School District
    Offered Interview Dates: Assigned interview dates of January 2 and January 9.
    (In honor of last year) If & How you're staying sane: I'm not lol
     
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    Congrats! It seems like they aren't offering the Oahu school district track this year. A bit awkward as my application materials were most tailored towards that track. Either way, exciting! :)
     
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    Nope.


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    Mass email rejection from University of Illinois at Chicago
     
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    I received an invite to interview on 11/28.
     
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    Official Site Name: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
    Date Invitation Received: 12/6/18
    Method of Invitation (Phone call, personal/mass email, snapchat): mass email
    Specialty Track or Site (e.g., for consortiums): Child and Adolescent Specialization
    Offered Interview Dates: Jan 8, 10, 16
     
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    I received an invite for the underserved population track on 11/19. They offered dates of 12/21, 1/4, and 1/11.
     
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    I wonder if they sent the adult one too but i just didn’t get it?


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  44. PsyDPlease!

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    Has someone interviewed at Community Healthlink? I believe someone said they had and I am wondering how the interview process went. I have mine coming up and I am excited and nervous!
     
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    Are other people still waiting on UMass or should we assume all invites (for forensic) have gone out? Seems like few people have heard...
     
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    I have not heard from Umass but at this point I'm assuming I'm rejected. If that's not the case I'll be pleasantly surprised, but seems really unlikely at this point.
     
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    I would guess that they are notifying one track at a time. They are having people call in and speak with the secretary to reserve their dates, so I am guessing that they are going to stagger so she isn't bombarded with every applicant calling at once.
     
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    PM me!


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    Wow, you are a unicorn!!! Good for you!!!!


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    Official Site Name: UMass Med School/Worcester Recovery Center
    Date Invitation Received: 12/6/18
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