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Animal Shelter Worker Interview

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?

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How to Answer: What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter? For an Animal Shelter Worker Interview.

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    What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?

      How to Answer

      Many animal shelter workers struggle with the emotional bond they develop with the animals. When you get close to a dog after spending countless hours together, it will always be difficult to say goodbye. The interviewer wants to hear that you have coping skills to deal with these types of experiences. Talk about how you have learned to be hopeful and stay motivated, even when you feel discouraged by the loss of an animal friend.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "It can be unfortunate to be around dogs that have been stuck at the shelter for months at a time. Luckily, I work at a no-kill shelter, but it can be discouraging when the dogs aren't able to be adopted, or when they are brought back by a new owner. I keep a positive attitude and stay focused on the goal of finding the best homes for these deserving animals."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, the most significant challenge will be the emotions that come with seeing broken animals come to the shelter. With that said, I suspect that seeing an animal leave to a good home will make up for the upsetting emotions."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Over the years I have found that the most challenging aspect of working in a shelter is onboarding reliable volunteers and retaining them. Individuals are not always reliable, and that makes our job very difficult."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "The greatest challenge is feeling overwhelmed by the large number of animals who want a forever home, and knowing that many of them have come from a sad beginning."

      Stephanie's Answer

      You do a good job of clearly articulating a significant challenge of working at an animal shelter. I suggest adding another sentence or two that allows the response to end on a positive note, even though you're identifying areas of challenge. For example, "While working at any animal shelter presents a significant challenge, I enjoy knowing that my work can make an impact," or "While working at an animal shelter can be tough, it's fulfilling to know that I am providing care to animals who need it the most."

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