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How to Prepare for an Interview at a Veterinary Practice

How to Prepare for an Interview at a Veterinary Practice

Entry onto many of our veterinary nursing courses, such as our Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, require you to gain employment or work experience in a veterinary practice. 

As veterinary nursing is a popular and competitive profession to join, placements and job opportunities for aspiring veterinary nurses can sometimes be hard to come by. This means it is essential to be prepared for any interviews you secure, and do all you can to stand out against the competition – whether you’re interviewing for a placement, job or work experience.

To help you, we have gathered together some advice:

Before your interview, have a think about…

Your Chosen Veterinary Practice 

Familiarise yourself with the veterinary practice beforehand and know the person you are meeting; company websites are often a great source of information. Showing you have taken the time to find out about the veterinary practice will demonstrate that you are keen and will help prevent any lulls in the conversation.

What course you want to study, and where you want to study it 

If you are attending an interview for a work placement or student veterinary nurse position before applying for a course, make sure you are aware of what your course involves, how long you will be studying for and on which days, and why you want to do the course.

Knowledge of the Veterinary Nursing Industry

Ensure you have an idea of the industry you are going to be working in. For example, if you are attending an interview for a student veterinary nurse position, make sure you are familiar with the workings of a veterinary practice and the veterinary nursing profession as a whole.

Your Skills and Experience

Before you go for your interview have a think about your situation and know what you want to gain from the job, placement or work experience. This will help you to be confident when answering questions that your interviewer may ask you. Some of the things you may want to think about are:

  • What are your long term aims?
  • What does your course entail and how do you plan to tackle it?
  • What previous work experience have you done and what aspects did you like or dislike most?
  • What other transferrrble skills/experience have you gained that will help you on placement?
  • Why do you want to be a veterinary nurse, kennel assistant, dog groomer etc.?

CV and References

Before your interview, we suggest you gather a copy of your CV and references to take along with you in case your interviewer asks to see these.

Presence on Social Media

More and more people nowadays have a presence on social media. Please be aware of your online profile and what you write both pre and post-interview. A lot of information can be publicly accessible and your interviewer may be check up on you online.

Continue reading for advice on how to make a good first impression on interview day…

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