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Top 30 Animal Control Workers Interview Questions

Have you ever had pets in your personal care?
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Question 2 of 33
Why do you want a job in Animal Control?
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"I want to work for Animal Control because I believe it to be a very important function of law enforcement. My passion for helping animals made the choice an obvious one."
Similar to the question on why you believe Animal Control to be an important profession - be ready to share with the interviewer your thoughts on why this is the profession for you. Perhaps you have a passion for the welfare of animals. Maybe you are interested in some form of law enforcement, but being a police officer is not for you. Whatever your reasoning may be, ensure that the interviewer knows that you have a passion for this career and that you plan to maintain this career path for the long term.
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Question 3 of 33
Being an Animal Control worker is often stressful. How do you handle high pressure situations?
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"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying focused is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
As an Animal Control Worker, your days will always bring new challenges and stressful situations. The interviewer wants to know that you can take the heat! Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace. Include any stress management techniques that you find helpful.
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Question 4 of 33
What are your long term career goals in Animal Control?
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"I am looking for a long-term fit within animal control. As you can see, I have an Undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences. My plan is to continue a career in Animal Control and eventually work my way into a leadership opportunity."
Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time consuming process for any company and hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long term fit and that you have a vested interest in a career within animal control. Take a look at your career growth options. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to specifically mention them to the interviewer. For instance, your expressed interest with internal advancement will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long term fit with them.
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Question 5 of 33
Do you have any experience with exotic animals, or wildlife?
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Question 6 of 33
In your opinion, why is Animal Control an important profession?
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Question 7 of 33
Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
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Question 8 of 33
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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Question 9 of 33
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 10 of 33
Animal Control requires a great deal of patience most days. Do you consider yourself a patient person?
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Question 11 of 33
Considering your background is in a focus different than Animal Control, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position?
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Question 12 of 33
What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?
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Question 13 of 33
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 15 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 16 of 33
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
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Question 17 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 18 of 33
Why did you choose this profession?
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Question 19 of 33
Animal Control workers should have strong communication skills. How would you describe your written communication skills?
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How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 21 of 33
Tell me about your animal related volunteer experience.
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Question 22 of 33
Do you have any education or on the job training related to Animal Control?
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Question 23 of 33
As an experienced Animal Control worker, if you could receive additional training in any related area, what would you choose?
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Question 24 of 33
From time to time, our organization is asked to speak at schools, to groups of children. Would this interest you?
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Question 25 of 33
As an Animal Control worker you may be asked to work a variety of shifts. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
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Question 26 of 33
Being an animal control worker is a physically demanding career. Are you able to be on your feet for many hours at a time? How do you feel about heavy lifting?
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Question 27 of 33
As an animal control worker, it is important to always document properly. Do you have strong documentation skills?
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Question 28 of 33
How would you handle an individual who was hysterical over a missing pet? Tell me how you would calm that person down enough to gather the information you need to do your job.
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Question 29 of 33
How familiar are you with the shelter options in our community?
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Question 30 of 33
Laws surrounding pet licensing can differ in each community. What do you know about pet laws and licensing in our community?
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Question 31 of 33
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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Why did you leave your last job?
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Question 1 of 33
Have you ever had pets in your personal care?
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I have one dog, a cocker spaniel by the name of Marley, he is a great dog, loyal, happy, and full of energy.
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I have a cocker spaniel, Marley, he loves attention but he is loyal and sweet. He has been with us since he was a puppy, three years old now.
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I have several pets a dog, 2 cats and 4 crested geckos.
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Dogs, chickens, cats, ducks, other birds,
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Dogs, aquatic turtle and fish.
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I have three rescue dogs, two bunnies that my daughter wanted in second grade and a fresh parrot and a bearded dragon.
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I have a pitbull named dozer that came as a stray very abused and now he is a great dog!
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Passions of animals and over pop.
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I currently own two cats and one dog. Both cats were strays I rescued, and the dog is a Golden Retriever.
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I currently have 12 animals at home. 1 dog, 1 bunny, 2 fish, 2 cats, 2 geckos, a frilled dragon, and 3 sugar gliders.
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I have three Yorkshire terriers I also have rabbits and guinea pigs.
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Can you describe a time when you could NOT get along with your coworker? Please explain how you overcame that obstacle?
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I currently have 1 female cat that just had kittens.
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I do not have any at this time but I have had multiple pets with my brothers growing up.
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I have two dogs. One is a 3 year old Redbone Coonhound and the other is a 9 year old Shetland Sheepdog. They both have a lot of energy and love attention, so I regularly exercise and play with them. They are an important part of my life.
Question 2 of 33
Why do you want a job in Animal Control?
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To be an advocate for animals and to care for animals and to educate people about how to care for animals.
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I love animals and working with the public. I believe that it is a critical job and I could make a differance.
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I want to expand my knowledge, and find a career.
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I am passionate about returning to a field I enjoy most and one I miss greatly. Working for such a great organization would be extermely rewarding. I am eager to work at a more physically active job.
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I can help your shelter by caring for the animals and even helping in all.
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I have always had dogs and cats. I have also cared for a corn snake, hedgehog and sugar glider.
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I want to help animals and people. And I want to contribute to society.
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I love animals and love educating people about animals.
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Animal control provides a valuable service for the pet and human community. It educates ownersr on the care, safety and responsibility of having a pet. I like pets and this how I can help proactively.
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All animals have a right to li.
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I love animals. I would like to help my 4 legged friends that don't have a voice to speak with.
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To help the public by taking dangerous animals off of the street.
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I applied for this job since it matches my skills, abilities, and because of my previous experience in many positions positions.
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Because animals need someone to look out for them.
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I love people, I love animals, this position will give me the opportunity to not only help my community but work with animals too.
Question 3 of 33
Being an Animal Control worker is often stressful. How do you handle high pressure situations?
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I just take a deep breath and analize the situation. Then I make a plan and stick to it.
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I stay calm, think about proper procedure and follow through.
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I am always cool and calm. I take a deep breath and remember my training.
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Cool and calm. I feel like I handle stressful situations well.
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Remember to breathe keep my cool and try to find the best solution for all parties involved.
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Yes I had this kind of experiments before.
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I am very professional in stressful situations and handle them to the best of my ability I know when I need to call for assistance and am not afraid to do so.
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Stress from work I take to the gym and work it off, I refuse to let stressful situations enter my home.
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I take a deep breath for a second, this helps me stay calm, I find this clears my mind and then I can handle the situation with my full attention.
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First I take cleansing breath, just for a second this helps calm and clear my mind so I can handle the situation rationally.
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In my experience stressful situations are best handled when you can step back prioritize and take action. Keeping calm is the key so that no details are missed when addressing the situation.
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I go into any situation, stressful or otherwise, with the mindset of getting out of it the same way I went in. I try and watch my fellow workers backs and handle it the best way I know how.
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Assess the situation and plan accordingly.
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I assess the situation and calmly decide on the best possible solution.
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Stay calm and well mannered. I try to never let my emotions get in the way of serious matters.
Question 4 of 33
What are your long term career goals in Animal Control?
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I beleve that I could make a lifelong career of it.
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As long as I can, I made the decision to apply for a job that I want to do.
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I would consider this a career move for me and would plan to work for the City of Akron indefinitely.
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I can not predict the future but if hired I would be committed to this position.
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1-3 years, if not longer.
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I am expecting to work for at least a year, preferably several years.
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I would like to stay working at this job preferably as I see this position as a long term commitment.
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For the rest of my career. I don't intend on leaving a career that I am passionate about. I love animals and love serving the community.
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I've always set 5 year work goals. However I only want to stay if I'm able valuable service to the employer and customers.
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I stay dedicated to the company that gives me an opportunity. If it was not for being part time without benefits I would of continued working at my current position.
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I think I could see myself working a long time. Atleast a couple of years, mainly because I think this would be a position where I could feel very rewarded and still get to try something new each day without getting tired of coming to work like you find with other jobs that aren't as fulfilling.
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Until retirement if all goes well with my performance.
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I want this to be a career. I want to grow and expand with the county. I would like to retired with the county.
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Until I feel the need to quit.
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This company has everything I'm looking for. It provides the type of work I enjoy. Every time I see someone through this office, they are always happy to oblige. The environment is wonderful. I plan on staying here a long time.
Question 5 of 33
Do you have any experience with exotic animals, or wildlife?
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I have grown up raising and caring for many animals including cats, dogs, ferrets, horses, and also baby raccoons which I helped nurse back to health and returned to the wilderness.
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Have wildlife removal experience removing bats.
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I continue to learn all the time and If I do not know about a specific animal I have established very strong rlationships in this field that I can find out information on just about anything.
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I have extensive training with domestic animals and have worked with exotics for the last 7 years. I worked at an Emergency hospital.
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I have been capturing and handling animals for over 16 years. I currently own four exotic animals and continue to research to expand my current knowledge on them. Even though my animal knowledge is vast, there is always more to learn.
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Experience with dogs, cows, pigs,
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My current position lets me work with all types of animals as small as rats to big as horses ,I have worked with some exotic animals not many.
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Grew up with mulitiple dogs. No cats or exotic animals. Father wouldnt allow it.
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I went to a high school where I handled animals on a daily basis. I have a lot of experience handling dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and farm animals. It was part of the curriculum to properly handle all animals.
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I worked at the Animal Shelter when it was on Mojave back in the late seventies. Plus I have my animals. I cared for family members pet before, but only dogs, birds and fish. I haven't cared for exotic animals before, however I'm willing to learn.
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I grew up on a dairy, I know how to come to an animal that is friendly and those that are more aggressive. A lot of patience is involved when dealing with more aggressive animals and trust needs to be earned.
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Growing up, my mom raised sugar gliders and chinchillas. I helped my grandfather raise cattle. We had turkeys, hogs, and rabbits at one point. My family has always had dogs and cats. We had an iguana at one point. When I moved to my current apartment, I had degus. I have had guinea pigs and rats also.
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If had numerous pet dogs of many breeds, cats as well and different farm animals, chickens, dairy goats, beef cattle, pigs, and one horse.
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I have nineteen years of veterinary animal care, working as a technician and educating veterinary assistant students.
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I currently have worked in a veterinary office for a total of 4 years. I have adequate knowledge in small animals but have not had much experience with exotics.
Question 6 of 33
In your opinion, why is Animal Control an important profession?
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It is a change in pace professionally speaking, I have never done something like this before and I'm eager to take on the challenge. It is also a chance to help the community that has molded me into the person that I am today.
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Want to help animals and protect humans.
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Because animal are not capable to do this by themselves.
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It is more then just a job to me it is a passion and at the end of the day I need to know that I did the best I can to be able to lay my head on the pillow.
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Animals need to be cared for and protected just like people. I want to be the inbetween person.
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This job allows you to help animals. Animals are like humans those that are abused and mistreated need help to have a chance for a better life, and those that are in pain and dying slowly need a someone willing to take the pain away.
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I think that animal control is a good thing to have both for the safety of the animals and the people that interact with them on a moment to moment basis. It encompasses not only controlling animal populations but controlling disease spread, like rabies, if someone was to come in contact with a wild animal that may or may not carry something contagious.
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Animals are a constant in every day life, whether for pleasure or food and all life should be treated with respect.
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Animal control is a vital aspect of regulating animal's rights, educating the public and controlling the animal population.
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It is Important that the public is educated of animal safety as well as animal rights enforced upon those who neglect.
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Because I wanna make a difference in the world.
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It is Important to me because I think there would be a big issue with more wild and domestic animal confrontations without it. People would not be as educated on the laws, how to keep our pets safer from heat, dehydration, vaccinations ect. It may seem like we are the bad guys sometimes but we are the voices for the animals.
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People see animal control as the red-headed step children of law enforcement. The push overs. The "you are only an aco because you couldnt pass to be a cop) animal control is dangerous. We deal with aggressive animals in difficult situations, we are first sometimes to go into a barracaded house to get a dog out that someone is trying to sic on police. As a female, we also have a softer voice sometimes which can make or break the situation. Sometimes it helps to have a gentler approach, a different way of explaining, or maybe someone is more comfortable with a female. All in all, I want to be a voice for animals, and teach owners the right way to handle a situation, and also to offer acknolwdgment that we have been in their shoes, we know what they are going thrlugh.
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I think that the officers are the voice of animals, animals are like babies, they don't have a voice they don't know any better than what they have been taught some have a family and a warm home some have a prison with no one. I think its important to help all lives no matter the species and I think it is very important to educate the community on how to treat your animals and when you are ready to have one. I think animal control officers are very important in this world were internet make the saddest cruelest things into a joke.
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Many reasons. I feel the more animals we can get off the streets and get medical care the less strays will be on the streets fearful and not knowing a loving home. If an animal is fearful they are more likely to hurt someone. I also think animal control is important to show the community the way to treat animals especially to children.
Question 7 of 33
Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
Question 8 of 33
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
Question 9 of 33
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
Question 10 of 33
Animal Control requires a great deal of patience most days. Do you consider yourself a patient person?
Question 11 of 33
Considering your background is in a focus different than Animal Control, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position?
Question 12 of 33
What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?
Question 13 of 33
How can we motivate you on the job?
Question 14 of 33
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
Question 15 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
Question 16 of 33
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
Question 17 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Question 18 of 33
Why did you choose this profession?
Question 19 of 33
Animal Control workers should have strong communication skills. How would you describe your written communication skills?
Question 20 of 33
How would you describe your work ethic?
Question 21 of 33
Tell me about your animal related volunteer experience.
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Yes I volunteered at a shelter years ago and at a petstire.
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Santa Ana ZOO, santa barbara zoo, la zoo, denver animal shelter, Greenwood Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Yes I have over twenty years of volunteer experience in animal rescue as well as at the San Antonio state school which I believe taught me a lot about patience and dealing with the public in different situations.
Question 22 of 33
Do you have any education or on the job training related to Animal Control?
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Have not had any as far as animal control.
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At HSPPR I was in academy for almost 3 months.
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I started my last career in marketing and was trained each step as I moved up to CEO
Question 23 of 33
As an experienced Animal Control worker, if you could receive additional training in any related area, what would you choose?
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I have not been trained on how to euthanize an animal you can not touch.
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I believe animal behavior is something I can never learn enough of this is the key to successful rescues as well as finding proper placement after the animal is rescued so although I feel there are several areas that are important this is one I am most interested in further studies.
Question 24 of 33
From time to time, our organization is asked to speak at schools, to groups of children. Would this interest you?
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I do not have a problem doing presentations.
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I enjoy teaching very much and have been fortunate enough to do several presentations in front of large groups in my past employment so I feel I would be an asset in this area.
Question 25 of 33
As an Animal Control worker you may be asked to work a variety of shifts. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
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I am available whenever I am needed as I know the animals suffering should not be prolonged due to my schedule.
Question 26 of 33
Being an animal control worker is a physically demanding career. Are you able to be on your feet for many hours at a time? How do you feel about heavy lifting?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am use to working jobs that I am on my feet all day and I have had to pick up heavy loads.
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I believe I'm physically and mentally capable of long hours and lifting as needed growing up on a farm I'm no stranger to hard work.
Question 27 of 33
As an animal control worker, it is important to always document properly. Do you have strong documentation skills?
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Yes I am. I have had to document everything as a manager and also as a veterinary technician.
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Yes I completed level 1 and 2 of NACA and also completed training academy through HSPPR
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My work experience taught me a thought process of "if it isn't written down it didn't happen" after almost ten years of this daily mentality I believe I'm exceptional at documentation.
Question 28 of 33
How would you handle an individual who was hysterical over a missing pet? Tell me how you would calm that person down enough to gather the information you need to do your job.
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I would tell that person they need to calm down please so that I can get all of the information out as fast as possible. Every minute counts.
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I would let them know that I understand they are upset and If I can get their information and their pets info we can start looking for their beloved pet.
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First people need to know that they have been heard and their concern and pain is validated I would explain that I understand their fear and tell them we are a team I would let them vent their fear and frustration before laying out a plan for finding the animal.
Question 29 of 33
How familiar are you with the shelter options in our community?
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Yes having worked on rescue I've been fortunate to work with most local shelters and their rescue counterparts.
Question 30 of 33
Laws surrounding pet licensing can differ in each community. What do you know about pet laws and licensing in our community?
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Licensing is required in your community along with DAL, Barking dog, animal cruelty, Dangerous animal.
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I am aware of the licensing laws as well as the number of pets allowed and rules regarding breeding ect.
Question 31 of 33
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 32 of 33
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
Question 33 of 33
Why did you leave your last job?

About Animal Control Workers

August 17th, 2017

Animal control workers are responsible for the care and investigation of all types of animals, from pets to wildlife. They conduct investigations into reports of animal mistreatment, monitor animals that are abandoned or lost and quarantine those that are reported to be dangerous. Animal control workers may work in shelters and respond to service calls. They help owners looking for their lost pets, organize some type of shelter for abandoned pets and investigate complaints of animal cruelty or attack by an animal.
A high school diploma is the minimum qualifation required to become an animal control worker. Certification from National Animal Control Association is not necessary but it is certainly useful. Most employers will provide on the job trainer so you can learn the practical aspects of the job. You must really care for animals if you want to pursue a career as an animal control workers. To know what questions to expect at the interview, take some time to read through mock interview questions for animal control workers.

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