Value of interviews for admission to clinical training programs: Perspective of program directors

Helmes, Edward and Pachana, Nancy A. (2008) Value of interviews for admission to clinical training programs: Perspective of program directors. Australian Psychologist, 43 4: 249-256. doi:10.1080/00050060802413362


Author Helmes, Edward
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Value of interviews for admission to clinical training programs: Perspective of program directors
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00050060802413362
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 249
End page 256
Total pages 8
Editor S. Crowe
Place of publication Carlton, Vic., Australia
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Language eng
Subject C1
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract The interview has a long history of being used to select individuals for positions in industry, professional occupations, and for a variety of specialised educational programs. Despite its widespread popularity, the selection interview is often criticised for its potential bias and unreliability, which in turn has led to its decreasing use in some settings. The purpose of the present study was to explore the views of the directors of 21 Australian clinical training programs as to the value of interviews as part of the admission process for their clinical psychology postgraduate training candidates. Three programs reported not conducting interviews at all, expressing reservations concerning their validity. Most other directors saw interviews as having at least some value, with the opportunity to evaluate interpersonal skills being one of the most commonly mentioned advantages. A variety of methods was used for the final admission decisions, with substantial variation in acceptance rates by candidates who survived the interview process. Implications for selection processes in the future are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Keyword Clinical
counseling psychology
clinical training
decision-making
interviews
psychology as a discipline
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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