A career in the veterinary industry is a dream for many and statistics show that there were almost 29,000 veterinarians employed in the UK in 2020. Training for a veterinary career can be lengthy and involve a lot of hard work, so naturally you want your hard-earned studies to pay off.
Whether you’ve trained as a veterinary nurse, surgeon or anesthesiologist, acing that job interview is the next step after completing your studies. Job interviews are nerve wracking for a lot of people, but with the right preparation, you can ensure that you’re calm and confident. If you’re starting out in the world of veterinary medicine, read on for our top tips to help you ace that interview.
Prep for frequently asked questions
It’s impossible to predict the exact questions that each potential employer will ask, but you can definitely prepare for some frequently asked ones. One of the most important things to think about is why you want the job - what is it that you’re passionate about? Other frequently asked questions include why you applied for that particular practice or company, how you’d deal with difficult clients and how you’d handle a difficult situation e.g euthaniasia.
Research the company or practice
Always research the place you’re having the interview at to help give you a better idea of what to expect. This can calm your nerves and help you decide whether the company is a good fit for you - remember, you’re almost interviewing them too to see if the job is right. Research also shows that you care and have taken some time to get to know the company; plus you’ll be less likely to be caught out by questions about the company itself.
Have a few questions of your own
Leading on from the point above, it’s always a good idea to prepare a few questions of your own. Interviewers will usually set aside a few minutes at the end to give you time to ask any questions you may have. If you’re feeling stuck, some good general questions to ask include:
- What are the opportunities for growth in this position?
- What are your plans for the business/practice over the next few years and how would I fit into that?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
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