Post Your Introduction
In this discussion, you will introduce yourself to the class as if you were introducing yourself to a prospective employer. Review the course topics by clicking on the weekly overviews in the left navigation bar and take note of those in which you are particularly interested. Then briefly review the information on your chosen topics in the textbook and select one category of assessment (e.g., intellectual, forensic, neuropsychological, personality) that is of particular interest to you. Take note of two assessment instruments within your chosen category.
You have been invited to interview for a position in an organization that specializes in the category of assessment you have chosen. Imagine you are sitting at the head of a conference table with 10 to 12 staff members who are about to ask you questions related to your knowledge, skills, and abilities. The first question you are asked is, “Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in working in this field.” Reflect on your career goals and consider your professional development based on academic and relevant work experiences. Describe any relevant work experiences as well as proven academic and/or career successes related to this field. Briefly explain the aspects of your chosen assessment category and why it is of particular interest to you. Briefly compare the two assessment instruments you reviewed in your textbook and describe their basic elements. Conclude with a statement about your current situation and what you are looking for in an organization. Remember the personal information you share can reinforce an image of you as a good candidate for the position. As you craft your initial post, be sure to include what you want the interviewer to remember about you when you leave. For example, if the job requires someone who is patient, self-controlled, and detail-oriented, this would be an opportunity to share any hobbies or avocational interests in which you demonstrate those skills.
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Optional: You may also post a personal introduction that includes information you would like your classmates and instructor to know that should not be a part of the interview introduction. If you include a personal introduction, clearly label it as “Personal Introduction” to distinguish it from the “Interview Introduction.”