Assignment 3: Preparing for the Informational Interview

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Assignment 3:
Preparing for the Informational Interview

An informational
interview is a recommended tool for exploring career options. This assignment
is designed to prepare you for an informational interview of a professional in
the field of psychology. You will conduct this informational interview
during Module 2. Here, in Module 1, you will create a
script, design a list of questions, and identify the person you hope to
interview. You also need to schedule the interview.

In M3 Assignment
2 LASA 1
, you will submit a written account of the informational interview
you conducted with the psychology professional.

You will ask the
interviewee to describe the educational and training steps (the career paths)
he or she took to reach the current position. You will also ask the interviewee
to describe, in some detail, the job responsibilities associated with the
position. The interview must be at least thirty minutes long. Ideally, it
should be conducted in person. If that is not feasible, a phone interview is
adequate.

For this assignment, do
the following:

  • Begin to prepare for this
    informational interview by identifying the professional you plan to
    interview. Ideally, the professional should be engaged in a career that
    you hope to pursue. (You may want to identify a second candidate in case
    your initial choice is unable to complete the interview with you.) This
    professional may work in your local area, but that is not necessary. If
    you cannot identify a professional easily, ask your friends and family if
    they know anyone who works in the field of psychology. You may also want
    to phone your local community mental health center or social services
    agency to ask for names and contact information of potential professionals
    you could interview. Contact your facilitator for guidance if you have
    difficulty in identifying someone.
  • Provide the following
    identifying information about the individual you have selected:
    • The name
    • The job title (licensed
      psychologist, social worker, or case manager)
    • The level of education (a
      bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree)
    • A description of job
      responsibilities or day-to-day tasks
    • The type of license, if
      applicable
    • The state of residence and
      practice
    • The e-mail address or phone
      number
  • Develop a list of at least
    fifteen questions to ask in your informational interview. Research
    possible questions to include using the Argosy University online library
    resources and the Internet. Click here to download a copy of the “Job
    Resources” document and save it to your computer. Refer to the
    “Job Resources” document to do an Internet search using the
    search terms “informational interview questions” in order to find
    suggested questions. Be sure to put them into your own words for the
    purpose of this assignment and to give credit to your source by using
    in-text citations and a reference list in APA format.
  • Ask the interviewee about his
    or her work, academic preparation, and advice. In addition, include the
    interviewee’s answers to questions on the following topics:
    • The experience, skills, and
      knowledge necessary for success in a career in psychology or in graduate
      school
    • Relevant professional
      organizations
    • His or her views on
      professional ethics and academic integrity
    • The role of psychological
      research in his or her work
    • His or her greatest challenges
      and rewards
    • His or her reasons for
      choosing the field
  • Develop a script (word-for-word
    written statement) that you will use during the warm-up (meet-and-greet)
    portion of the interview. What will you say to the interviewee when you
    meet him or her? What will you do? For example, will you shake the
    person’s hand and introduce yourself? Include small talk of a professional
    nature that will serve as an introduction and explanation of the purpose
    of the interview. Demonstrate in your script your ability to interact
    professionally and effectively in a professional environment.
  • This assignment is preparatory
    work for the interview to be conducted later in this course. Do
    not
     conduct the interview for this assignment.

Submission Details:

  • Write a 1–2-page paper in
    Microsoft Word format. Apply APA standards to cite sources. Use the
    following file-naming convention: M1_A3_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
  • By Wednesday, June 15,
    2016
    , deliver your assignment to the M1 Assignment 3 Dropbox.

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