Psychological Interview Preperation
August 26, 2009 2:48 PM Subscribe
Tomorrow I have to take psychological testing for a firefighter job. If anyone has been through anything similar I'd appreciate any advice.
posted by brevator to Human Relations (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The first part of is a written test. I'm fairly sure it will be the MMPI-2
and I'm not too worried about that. The second part is an interview with a psychologist. I know some of the questions can be pretty simple like "How is your relationship with your mother?" But, I've also heard that they try some sneaky tricks during the interview. For example they might say something like "well you didn't do very well on the IQ portion of the test," to get a reaction from you. Of course there is no IQ portion. Or they might insist that you answered a question one way when in fact you didn't, to see if you'll stand your ground. The craziest thing I heard is that one psychologist excused himself for a moment, snuck up behind the test taker and screamed a racial epithet.
Is there any way to prepare for something like this? Any advice, resources or personal experiences are greatly appreciated.