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Tips to Help You Ace Your Veterinary Job Interview in 2019

You applied for a great veterinarian job that you really want and have received a call to come in for an interview. Once the excitement of this wears off, the nervousness may begin to set in. Shake off those nerves by preparing for the interview. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your interview.

First Impressions

Making a good first impression is a key part of getting the job. Dressing professionally shows that you will take the job seriously and you care about it. Make sure you are well-groomed and wearing nice, clean shoes. Showing up to the interview in jeans and a t-shirt is not likely to get you the job. Avoid wearing strong fragrances, they can be off-putting.

Arrive early for the interview. Being late does not make a good first impression, nor does showing up exactly on time without a minute to spare. Aim to be 10 to 15 minutes early.

While in the interview, try to answer the questions calmly, without rushing your answers. Maintain good posture and keep eye contact during the interview.

Research

Researching the place you are interviewing at is always a good idea, so you know what you are walking into. It can also help you determine if you think you will be a good fit for the company before spending time in the interview.

Prepare for Their Questions

There are always interview questions that are meant to throw you off-kilter to gauge how you think on your toes. While preparing for those is difficult, you can still prepare yourself for the other questions they are likely to ask you.

Interviewers usually want to know more about you, your skills, and your experience. Prepare to answer questions about your resume, and any career changes on it of note. Bringing a copy of your resume with you can allow you to reference it with the interviewer.

Try to avoid just answering questions with yes or no, take the time to elaborate on your answers, and wherever possible, use your own experience in your answers.

Some of the questions you may want to practice answering include:

  • What got you into the veterinary profession?
  • Why do you want to be a vet?
  • What will you do to further your profession?
  • What would you do if you saw a patient that showed clear evidence of abuse?
  • How will you deal with difficult clients?
  • Do you know the routine vaccinations for dogs?
  • Tell us about your veterinary degree course at XXX. What aspects of your training did you enjoy/not enjoy?
  • How would you describe yourself as a vet and what special qualities do you bring to the profession?
  • Describe an animal case that particularly interested you.

Come up with Your Own Questions

Many people see an interview in a more one-sided viewpoint. They ask you questions, and you answer them, without really asking any questions yourself. This is not a good strategy for an interview. Looking at this as a conversation and having your own questions to ask will help you immensely when it comes to preparing for your interview.

When asking your questions, avoid asking about the salary, perks of the job, leave, or other things. This can make it look like you care more about what the job can offer you materially and less about the job itself.

Some things you may want to ask would include:

  • Why is this position available?
  • How do the out-of-hours work? Are they outsourced? Are they sent to another branch? Do they just look after inpatients and have someone else attend the emergencies?
  • How do holidays and off-days work?
  • What are your goals for this position?
  • What opportunities are there for growth?
  • What obstacles must be overcome for the person in this position to succeed?

These are only a few questions you may want to consider asking, depending on what position you are applying for and the animal hospital you are interviewing at.