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According to a panel of experts at APA's 2007 Annual Convention, when going out on internship interviews, be sure to:

  • Dress professionally. Remember that this is a job interview and you want to impress.

  • Be yourself. People come to interviews to sell themselves, but authenticity impresses even more than a glossy presentation.

  • Practice. Role-play interviewing with your friends and colleagues.

  • Be respectful. It's important to be courteous to everyone, from the department chair to the secretary.

  • Stay on your toes. It's fine to ask current interns questions, but don't let your guard down. They can pass along how you acted to the decision-makers.

  • Be original. Don't give the same answers to everyone at the site. Afterward, when they are discussing your visit, they will learn if you did.

  • Ask questions. Put your best foot forward, but at the same time, figure out if you would enjoy working at the site.

-D. Schwartz