Interview Advice

On average 33% of interviewers know within the first 90 seconds if you are the right candidate for the advertised job role, therefore advanced preparation is key to a successful interview and setting you apart from all other rival interviewees. So we have put together suggested interview tips below:

Before you attend your interview:

  • Read through the full Job description
  • Research the practice and company
  • Plan your journey and allow for traffic
  • Bring with you your CV, pen, notepad and any other related material

Dress Code:

  • Smart business dress conveys is normally the way too go
  • Presentable appearance always goes a long way
  • Conservative colours are suggested to be appropriate
  • Due to the profession you may go straight from your current employment, so you’re working uniform will suffice
  • Feel comfortable

Vet Seekers top 10 questions you could ask the interviewer at the Practice:

  1. What are the characteristics of the person you are looking to hire?
  2. How would you describe a typical working day or week of the advertised position?
  3. How long have you been at the company and what made you stay?
  4. How would you describe the work environment and culture of the practice?
  5. What are the growth plans for the practice – short and longer term?
  6. When and how would my performance be measured?
  7. What is the team structure and who will I be reporting to?
  8. What are some of the company’s initiatives regarding personal training and development?
  9. How do you see this practice developing in the future?
  10. What scope is there for being involved in any other aspects of the company, such as…..?

Vet Seekers top 10 Questions you could be asked:

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. What were/are your responsibilities and what would you change?
  3. Why should I employee you?
  4. What did/do you like or dislike about your current or previous job?
  5. What are your short and long-term career aspirations?
  6. Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame this?
  7. Have you ever had any conflict with co-workers? How was it resolved?
  8. What is your greatest weakness? And how would you overcome this?
  9. If I were to ask your co-workers or the practice owner to describe you, what would they say?
  10. What qualities do you feel you would expect from our practice and management team?

The Interview:

  • Acknowledge everyone as soon as you walk into the practice
  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview
  • Try and feel relaxed and comfortable. Remember though, you are constantly being appraised so keep professional at all times
  • Find out what the key parts of the job specification are so you can show how you meet them
  • Make sure the interviewer knows the benefits and strengths of employing you
  • Sell yourself, what do you have to offer/contribute to the practice
  • Quote real examples of when you’ve used certain skills or if you have any weaknesses tell them how you are improving on these
  • Take your time when answering the questions: Make sure you understand the question if you need to think

Some don’ts:

  • Don’t be late or too early (try and arrive around 10 minutes before)
  • Vague responses and if you make a mistake be honest and correct this
  • Avoid bad mouthing your current or previous employer or co-workers
  • Little or no preparation on the role or the practice
  • Try not to be over nervous (we all know this can be difficult)
  • Don’t go to extremes with your posture; don’t slouch, and don’t sit rigidly on the edge of your chair

Closing the interview:

Ask any questions you may have, agree exactly what the next steps will be and timeframes. You should also find out if they are running second interviews and when they are likely to be. If you are interested in the position, make sure that you let the interviewer know and explain why.

After the Interview:

Phone your Consultant at Vet Seekers while it’s all fresh in your mind. Your consultant will run through the interview with you and give you honest, constructive feedback and answer any other questions or negotiations you may have.