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Interview Tips

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’.

For myself, and no doubt the vast majority of us, being probed with questions during an interview definitely counts as something scary. Of course it does, it doesn’t matter how many interviews you’ve done. I like to compare the process to a live actor getting up on stage to perform. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the first performance or the last, those butterflies always manage to find their way into your stomach. Those butterflies though can either be the making or shaking of a successful interview.  Remember, thorough preparation and research for an interview will put any nerves to good use and allow for a confident dialogue between both the interviewer and the candidate. A lack of preparation and research however, might nott have a similar outcome.

We want every candidate going for a job interview to put their best foot forward. It is for this reason, we like to offer our vets and vet nurses interview tips to help with preparation in the run up to it. Some of these pointers may seem somewhat obvious to you but remember, it’s the trivial things we forget in the stress of the prep that may hinder any advances to the next step.

 

  • Dress Code: it’s important to dress appropriately for a job interview. You want to be taken seriously for this position so you need to take yourself seriously. Often job interviews in veterinary practices might require a practical aspect so be aware when picking your footwear that you might be on clinics too.

 

  • Research: As I already touched on, research into the practice and the duties that would be expected of you, will help to achieve a confident interview and good flow of conversation between the candidate and interviewer. Make sure to use the job description to determine what might be require of you for the position.

 

  • Prepare Questions: There are numerous different questioning techniques which interviews might be based on. The one most commonly used is the STAR technique. Use this techniques to prepare possible answers to questions you think you could be asked. All of the answer should promote your ability to handle and learn from different situations.

 

 

Situation              Task                       Action                   Result

 

  • Be on time: Punctuation is essential. The client may not have ever met you before and if your first impression is of you being late you can be sure this is a bad start. Make sure to give yourself lots of time to arrive and find the practice. If you are by chance having a terrible string of misfortune that cause you to be delayed contact the client and explain your situation.

So how do these sound to you? Small tips that may help you on the run up to your next interview and some that may stand to you for future interviews.

For the rest of our interview tips get in touch through our contact page http://vetloireland.ie/contact-us/

 

Christina

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