Top 5 Interview Tips

While your cover letter and resume may show that you are qualified for a position, the interview is your chance to showcase your skills and prove that you can connect with the team.

Interviews can seem very intimidating but with these tips, you'll be prepared for a successful meeting:

top-5-interview-tips1. Do your research on the practice

Visit their website, read their reviews, and follow their Facebook and social media so that they know you are well versed on the hospital. This shows that you are interested in working there, have done your due diligence, and are excited about becoming a vital part of their team. 

2. Create a positive first impression 

Practices want to know that you will look professional and credible to their clients, so be sure to dress in business casual attire. Bring a couple of copies of your resume with you, and plan to arrive a few minutes minutes early. (Keep in mind that arriving too early may put pressure on the interviewer, who set aside a specific time frame to meet with you, so try not to arrive more than 5 minutes ahead of time.)

3. Remember to ask questions

An interview isn’t a one-way street – it’s an opportunity for both parties to get to know each other. While the practice will be determining if they think you are a good fit for them, you will need to decide whether or not the practice is a good fit for you, too. This is a good opportunity to ask hospital-specific questions like what a typical caseload looks like, or how they schedule their veterinarians, so you know what you can expect.

4. Consider the whole experience a part of your interview 

Every person you interact with from the minute you walk through the door is important in your interview process. These could be your potential teammates, after all. Even though you may not be sitting down to talk with each team member, they will be evaluating you and gauging whether or not you’re right for their team and beloved clients and patients.

5. Always say thank you

Be sure to follow up with the interviewer by mail or email. It may not make a difference in getting hired, but it could strengthen an already positive impression of you and show that you genuinely are interested in working at their practice. Don’t forget to incorporate something from your chat, to show that you were listening and engaged.

Best of luck on your next interview! 

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