Preparing for a job interview can invoke anxiety even in the most confident individuals. Planning ahead of time should help ease those feelings and bring a sense of readiness to the interviewee. As with any interview, an individual interviewing for a job as a vet assistant should review her resume, plan her outfit, and practice with some sample interview questions.
What Was the Most Rewarding Experience You've had With an Animal?
Think long and hard about a particular personal experience that influenced your decision to pursue a career caring for animals. Did you successfully treat an animal suffering from leukaemia, for instance? After making a list of your own rewarding experiences involving animals, determine which made the biggest impact and changed your perspective on life in some way. Share this experience with the interviewer, and explain why it made such an impact. The interviewer wants to see that you make a connection with animals; that you're pursuing a veterinary career as more than just a job.
Have You Ever Euthanized an Animal? How did You Feel About It?
Working as a veterinary assistant challenges the heartstrings. Owners bring their pets to the clinic for a variety of reasons, sometimes for untreatable diseases. When an animal cannot be treated and continues suffering as a result, the most humane option is to euthanize the animal. Animal euthanasia occurs regularly at veterinary clinics and hospitals. Anyone working with the animals and their owners must be compassionate with the owners, yet capable of treating the animal. The interviewer asks this question to evaluate the interviewee's ability to meet the owner's needs, as well as the animal's needs in difficult situations.
How Would You Treat a Scared Animal?
When an animal is suffering, it may become afraid of the people who want to treat it. The animal may bare its teeth at the veterinary assistant who attempts to look at its paw, for example. The animal might very well bite because it is scared and wants to keep people away. The veterinary assistant needs to find a way to safely treat the animal in spite of its fear. The interviewer wants to know that the veterinary assistant knows some techniques for dealing with scared animals.