Preparing for an Interview

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Interview Basics

  • Dress professionally (e.g., a suit)
  • Bring an up-to-date resume
  • Research them: read their webpage
  • Arrive 15-minutes early; leave extra time for parking
  • Be confident
  • Be polite
  • Say thank you
Questions for Them

The following are questions to ask the agency at which you are applying to do your fieldwork:


What types of counseling services are offered at the agency?
Options are: individual, child, couples, family, groups. This is a learning experience for you, so the more options available to you, the better. It’s also important to remember that you need specific numbers of hours in some of these categories, so you want to try to maximize those so you don’t get stuck before graduation or licensure scrambling to make up those hours (breakdown of hours discussed below).

What types of supervision are available at the center you’re looking at?
Supervision can be provided individually or in groups. Groups should have no more than 8 interns/trainees at at time and they typically meet for 2 hours at a time. Group supervision is a great way to learn from peers and get many opinions that will help you in your training experience. For every 5 direct service hours of counseling you provide (face-to-face hours with clients), you must have at least one hour of individual supervision OR 2 hours of group supervision concurrently.

Are there any “live” supervision experiences available?
This can be either through video tape, live supervision, or co-therapy with your supervisor. Supplemental forms of supervision will only serve to enhance your learning experience so find out if the agency you’re interested in has these options available. You must receive at least 6 hours over the course of your placement.

Can I get at couple or family hours?
CSUN students must do a minimum of 200 conjoint sessions with couples or families; seeing individual children does not fulfill this requirement.

Is there a certain number of months that I need to commit to this agency?
Some places will required you to serve for a least one year.

Is there a certain number of hours that I am expected to work per week?
Most will expect you to work from 15 to 25 hours.

Will I be able/required to work days, nights and/or weekends?
Each site has different operational hours. Some of them offer counseling on Saturdays. If your schedule is tight during the week, you may find a weekend-open site as the best option for you.

Is the agency geared toward a specific theoretical model?
If you’re interested in being trained in one specific model of therapy, this would be a good time to try that out and find an agency that fits with your theoretical leanings.

Does the agency work with a specific population?
For example, rape victims, domestic abuse victims, severe mental illness, jewish, latino, etc.

Is there a monthly training fee?
Some agencies will charge for supervision, parking, etc.

Does the agency provide ‘in-service’ or similar trainings to enhance clinical development?
Some agencies required you to assist to "in-serving" meetings with the purpose of keep you up-to-date.

Where will I see clients?
Some require home visits or for trainees to work at specific sites.

Who will be my supervisor? Can I meet them?
If possible, it is ideal to meet your supervisor before agreeing to work at a site.
Questions They May Ask YOU

  • Why do you want to work at this agency?
  • What can you bring to this agency?
  • Do you have experience in the field (or a related field)?
  • What is your theoretical orientation?
  • What do you see as your strengths and areas for growth?
  • Describe how you would assess, manage crises, and/or develop a treatment plan for the following case example.
  • Are you willing to do home visits? Work weekends, evenings? Work with substance abusers, sex offenders, etc.?
  • How do you handle conflict with supervisors or peers?
  • What are the requirements of your university?