You’ve finished your Veterinary Assistant training program and now you’re getting ready to start your job search. Applying for jobs can be extremely nerve-wracking, especially if this is the first time you’ve done it. Although job interviews can be stressful, you make things a bit easier with the proper preparation. Start by reviewing the common questions you may be asked in a Veterinary Assistant job interview.
Why do you want to be a Veterinary Assistant?
This may seem like an obvious question, but you’ll still need to prepare for this one. The interviewer is checking to see if you’re passionate about the job so don’t find yourself at a loss for words! Start by considering what originally motivated you to complete your Veterinary Assistant training.
What are some of the tasks you have performed in a veterinary setting?
The interviewer is trying to figure out what kind of experience you have. Highlight the skills you mastered in your Veterinary Assistant training. Some of the tasks you discuss may be maintaining surgical equipment, collecting samples for testing, weighing, taking temperatures, feeding and bathing animals.
What kinds of animals do you have experience with?
They are trying to determine if you’re comfortable with exotic animals or if domestic animals are more up your alley. Whether the veterinary practice serves exotic or domestic animals is something you need to know going into the interview. If you’re applying to a practice that serves exotic animals, but you only have experience with domestic animals, there is no reason to lie. The interviewer will appreciate your honesty, it doesn’t make you less qualified for the position.
Do you work well with pet owners?
A quality Veterinary Assistant is not only good with animals but can also interact comfortably with pet owners. The interviewer is not looking for someone who got into this line of work because of their dislike for people. It’s one thing to say you’re good with pet owners, it’s another to provide proof. Share a story of how you’ve expressed empathy to pet owners in the past. It’s alright if you don’t have previous experience working in a veterinary office. Have you empathized with a friend or family member that lost a pet? Use that to your advantage.
What are your greatest strengths?
A good place to start with this question is to research the best qualities of a Veterinary Assistant ahead of time and pick out specific qualities you have. Are you compassionate? Are you highly organized? Do you pay close attention to details? Veterinary Practice News provides a list of the qualities of a good Veterinary Assistant. Review this list to identify more strengths.
What are your greatest weaknesses?
This is a dreaded interview question that applicants often dance around and avoid. The best thing you can do is be prepared, you can’t say that you don’t have any weaknesses! Be honest but don’t hurt your chances of getting the job. Redirect this question to instead focus on how you plan to work on your weaknesses.
Ex: “One of my biggest weaknesses is that I do not have experience working with exotic animals. However, exotic animals are something I want to learn more about which is why I am interested in this office specifically.”
Need more help constructing your list of strengths and weaknesses? Check this out!
Where do you see yourself in 1, 5, or 10 years?
Use this opportunity to tell the interviewer your long-term goals. They want to get an idea of how long you plan on sticking around. Consider whether you would be content as a Veterinary Assistant or if you would like to eventually move up into a different role. You can also take this opportunity to share any specific skills you’d like to master while working at their office.
Impress the interviewer by proving that you’ve done your research. Not only research on their practice but also general research relating current trends in the veterinary field. Being prepared can make you stand out from the other candidates. The interview is your one chance to show them the value you offer.
During the interview be sure to focus on the skills you learned during your Veterinary Assistant training. While it is possible to become a Veterinary Assistant without any training, completing a Veterinary Assistant training program will make you stand out. If you haven’t completed any training, Milwaukee Career College offers a great Veterinary Assistant training program! Contact us for more information, financial aid is available to those who qualify!