Heading to job interviews can be nervewracking, especially for aspiring veterinarians. This is your chance to prove that you’re qualified, committed and compassionate and that you would be the perfect candidate for the role in question. It’s a competitive industry, but once you’ve found a role you love, you’ll be grateful for the job satisfaction.
As with any job sector, the key to giving a good first impression at interviews is to be prepared. To help you prepare for your next veterinarian interview, we’ve listed our top tips below.
Research the veterinary surgery
One of the most effective ways to impress your potential new employer is to show that you’ve researched the veterinary surgery the role would be based at. Mentioning the name of the current practice manager or talking about the services they offer will show your interviewer that you have done more than simply browse their website.
Call ahead to ask for details
When it comes to acing an interview, you need to make sure you arrive on time, dressed appropriately and prepared for anything they throw at you. They may want to see particular academic certificates or a printed reference from your previous role, so make sure you get this information before you arrive.
Focus on your body language
For aspiring veterinary surgeons, focusing on body language is imperative. Remember: your interviewer won’t just be looking at how you communicate with them, but also how you’ll be communicating with and responding to your patients. If you appear closed off or distant in your interview, you won’t give off a good impression.
Give lots of examples
Employers want to know that their chosen candidate can work under pressure and is comfortable using their initiative, especially in healthcare environments. Make sure you can prove your worth during the interview by coming prepared with lots of examples of how you’ve handled difficult situations and what the end result was.
Prepare for hypothetical situations
Additionally, your interviewer will want to know that you’ll be comfortable in circumstances you’ve never dealt with before. For instance, they might ask you to describe how you would deal with an aggressive animal or how you’d keep a dog calm during a dental examination. To give yourself the best chance of answering these questions well, prepare for as many hypothetical situations you can think of.
If you’re looking for a new veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse role, look no further than VetPro Recruitment for the latest vacancies in the UK. We offer a highly personal and efficient recruitment experience and are dedicated to matching the perfect candidate to the perfect role. Register on our website to start your job search today.