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Top 25 Animal Shelter Worker Interview Questions
List of Animal Shelter Worker Interview Questions
  1. How do you evaluate success?
  2. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the requirements of the job.
  3. Tell me about a situation where you needed to be patient.
  4. How do you handle disappointment?
  5. What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
  6. Why are you passionate about working in an animal shelter?
  7. Why are you the best choice for our animal shelter?
  8. Why do you want a career as an animal shelter worker?
  9. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
  10. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  11. How do you stay motivated?
  12. What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?
  13. Tell me about a time when you reached a goal. What steps did you take to get there?
  14. How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
  15. Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter before?
  16. Can you work evenings, weekends or overtime?
  17. How do you feel about administering medication to large dogs?
  18. How would you handle a situation where a dog was facing euthanization?
  19. How will you help match new pet owners with the best animal for them?
  20. Are there any types of animals that you are uncomfortable being around?
  21. Quite often we will have animals come to us who have been very poorly treated. How do you control your emotions in these situations?
  22. Do you have any ideas that might help us raise money?
  23. Tell me about your fundraising experience.
  24. How will working at an animal shelter help you accomplish your career goals?
  25. Tell me about your experience working with animals.
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Animal Shelter Worker Information
August 17th, 2017

Animal shelter workers care for domesticated animals that have arrived at the shelter for a variety of reasons. Some animals have been surrendered by their owners while others may have been rescued from abusive situations. Animal shelter workers are passionate about animals with extensive knowledge of various breeds and how to care for them.

Most animal shelters have a variety of animals such as dogs, cats, bunnies, and reptiles. Caring for these animals includes feeding, grooming, exercising, training and spending time with them. Other duties include cleaning up after the animals, administering medication. For a true animal lover, this could be a dream job.

Part of the role of an animal shelter worker is to help re-home the animals in your care. This includes taking photos of each animal and writing a catchy profile on them for the purpose of posting the profile on the shelter website, in the newspaper, and on social media.

An animal shelter worker, it is important to generate interest in animal adoption throughout your community. Once there is interest in adoption, an animal shelter worker will put the potential adopter through a rigorous application and interview process. The primary goal is to ensure that the animal is going to a safe, healthy, life-long home.

Many animal shelters are heavily funded through donations, community efforts, and government. As an animal shelter worker, you will likely spend time with volunteer shelter workers. You may also have open houses for the community to meet some of the animals awaiting adoption.

To gain employment at as an animal shelter worker there is no formal post-secondary education required. A high school diploma or GED will generally be enough. A certificate in animal grooming or training, for example, could be an asset.
Animal Shelter Worker User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
How I evaluate success is meeting the goals set by my supervisor.
2.
Success in an animal shelter is helping every animal that walks through the door and providing them with the opportunity to have a life filled with love and happiness.
3.
I work to my full potential and I reach for my goal.
4.
By how I raise my kids and take care of my household and family.
5.
If I put my best into something I am doing, even if the results come out bad I believe I succeeded, because I know I did everything I could do.
Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the requirements of the job.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I can think of plenty examples when I went above and beyond regarding essay assignments for school. Recently, I spent weeks preparing for my final essays. I spent nearly every waking moment searching for sources and analyzing texts. When it came down to my final paper, I stayed up all night (like college students do) and completed four different essays all on time --earlier than what was required. I recieved an A on each of them.
2.
Had a patient very ill, loved animals would bring my cat in to stay with him.
3.
At the child care, I spent weekends printing off extra worksheets to help the children that needed more assistance with school subjects.
4.
Management gave small perimeters for the project and I got done faster and more efficient than they expected.
5.
When I stayed over night to lay with a dying wild while she passed away.
Question 3 of 25
Tell me about a situation where you needed to be patient.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Refocusing it toward blogging.
2.
I handle anger pretty well.
3.
I usually take deep breathes to try and calm myself down.
4.
Tell off the person in my head.
5.
I recognise that I'm angry and take some time to calm down. I look for a resolution to my anger and what I can do. I also look for a different view of the situation that makes me angry.
Question 4 of 25
How do you handle disappointment?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I try to find a solution to prevent future disappointment. If that isn't possible, I brush it off and move on.
2.
Again, it depends on the situation. But like anything else, how I feel. About it won't change anything. It's fine to. Feel what you feel, but only a for a moment. Pull yourself back up and keep. Going.
3.
Discuss what the problem is and figure it put together show concern for myself and them.
4.
It's part of life. It's about looking at what you can learn how can you do it better and then trying again.
5.
I try not to let any disappointment get me upset or down as it can distract me from what i'm trying to achieve or if some does disappoint me I tend to try do whatever is it by myself.
Question 5 of 25
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ones I know about are easily fixed others take longer.
2.
The most difficult decisions, believe it or not, are seemingly the most simplest ones, such as what to eat for dinner. Decisions are easy when they directly impact another person or relate to other people, because I like to think that I know what's best for others. I just worry that I don't know what's best for me.
3.
The easiest decisions on when to help or provide care. I would jump right in and take the initiative to help. The most difficult would have to do with deciding on the life and death of an animal.
4.
Being able to pick from a few options are the most easiest decisions for me. A large variety of choices makes a decision more difficult for me.
5.
Big decisions are easy lunch is difficult.
Question 6 of 25
Why are you passionate about working in an animal shelter?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Helping the animals and the families that love them (or will love them); saving lives one at a time.
2.
I love animals snd want to help them.
3.
Giving an animal a home, whether it be temporary or permanent is ideal. Ever creature deserves a place to rest their head, and that's why we have animal shelters. One day, I hope for every animal to find their fur-ever home. I really just want to match the perfect pet with the perfect human, because I believe pets help their humans, just as we help them.
4.
The amounts of stray, neglected animals. Spay and neuter your pets people.
5.
I have loved animals all my life and my passion to help is huge. When I see an animal I instantly smile and am overjoyed.
Question 7 of 25
Why are you the best choice for our animal shelter?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am passionate about helping, making a difference, I really care about what I do, I want to do it and strive to do my best.
2.
I think I can handle all types of animals very well and I think I am tune with others' emotions, allowing me to work with various types of people.
3.
I like to push through and get positive results, problem solving is a challenge that I love.
4.
I would dedicate my time and effort into providing the best care and opportunity for every animal that comes into the facility. My love of animals is unmeasurable.
5.
I am able to take on any challenge and learn new skills. I also want to gather experience with animals so I can be prepared for the veterinary career path.
Question 8 of 25
Why do you want a career as an animal shelter worker?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It is my passion to work with and for animals as part of a team that is actively making a difference in the lives of animals.
2.
To make a difference and help animals. ITs something I think I would love doing.
3.
To make a difference, to educate people spay, neuter, adopt.
4.
One simple answer..I want to help. I want to make a difference in the lives of animals that deserve a chance.
5.
I feel like I would be making a difference in an animal's life whether it's cleaning their kennels are finding their forever home. I also want to be able to become a vet in the near future so being in an animal shelter will surround me with the animals I'm most likely going to work with in the long run.
Question 9 of 25
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When an animal is suffering and there is poor prognosis you need to tell the owner and make it clear... For example is euthanasia is best - do that over letting them suffer and or if need some time offer to give some pain relief.
2.
Fryers caught fire on shift.. Put it out.
3.
Working with children in my previous job making quick decisions were done every moment of the day for example rushing to a child that has fallen off of a chair and needs assistance. Helping a child who needs medical attention.
4.
Deciding what to major in for college.
5.
When I took a gouge out of my leg and my mom said do I need to call 911? I said no.
Question 10 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Take a breath, do things step by step as mentioned before.
2.
I step back and take several deep breathes and refocus. After work I would go on walks and have quiet time with a book.
3.
I see stress as an opportunity to find a solution for a problem. I can practice my coping skills.
4.
I think I work better under pressure.
5.
I'm not sure anyone ever really has a solid handle on being under stress and pressure with all the grace in the world. But like with anything, I just breath and attempt to keep. A clear head. I can't change the situation all I can do. Is embrace it and make the best of what's happemed.
Question 11 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My children, everyday. And doing a job that makes a positive difference.
2.
To become a better person and vet, to help others.
3.
The smile on the faces of those I have helped and provided assistance too.
4.
Being able to have a bright future motivates me to do my best.
5.
When I see that I have made a difference in just one persons way of thinking.
Question 12 of 25
What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Losing the animals I loved to old age or disease.
2.
Having to put a pet down.
3.
Failing an animal and making the tough choice to euthanize.
4.
I have not experienced any disappointments.
5.
I've never been a shelter worker.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you reached a goal. What steps did you take to get there?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Moving here. Determination.
2.
Last year working towards Dragon boat training, every week did more and more and pushed to my limits.
3.
Wanted to manage the kitchen, started off as line cook worked hard four yearsclater I was manager.
4.
I set goals everyday. Whether it be learning more about animals by reading books and doing lessons on line through schools.
5.
As a kid, I wanted to read the most books in my class and with time and dedication I was able to reach first place.
Question 14 of 25
How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When it may not make sense to me I question the law makers.
2.
Yes, I follow rules because it makes less of a hassle.
Question 15 of 25
Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter before?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I had volunteered for a animal camp and got inspired to fulfill my dreams even more.
2.
Volunteer experience with Klinic in counselling and awareness.
3.
I've volunteered at the local animal shelter for many months so I have the experience for the job.
Question 16 of 25
Can you work evenings, weekends or overtime?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It depends if that animal is right for you. Sometimes it doesn't go as planned and it might not work out.
2.
Yes can be if you can look after the anima.
3.
It is more personal, it helps animals to find homes, I believe its a better choice for those who want to adopt.
Question 17 of 25
How do you feel about administering medication to large dogs?
Question 18 of 25
How would you handle a situation where a dog was facing euthanization?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Sad heartened, but understanding of the situation at hand.
2.
I feel that if it is the best thing for that animal then it should be done, but I don't believe it should be done after a period of days where an animal doesn't get adopted.
Question 19 of 25
How will you help match new pet owners with the best animal for them?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No, I always take the veterinarian as a god for the animals.
Question 20 of 25
Are there any types of animals that you are uncomfortable being around?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When I was small I was scared of Lions or predator animals but I overcomed my fear and now I treat all aimals equally.
2.
I am not really fond of birds and arachnids or reptiles minus snakes.
Question 21 of 25
Quite often we will have animals come to us who have been very poorly treated. How do you control your emotions in these situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I will feel pity at the plight of the animal and it would disturb my heart.
2.
Try to keep it together, so it doesn't interfere with helping the animal.
3.
It bothers me that they were treated that way but it wouldn't make me cry because I know they will have a better life now.
Question 22 of 25
Do you have any ideas that might help us raise money?
Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your fundraising experience.
Question 24 of 25
How will working at an animal shelter help you accomplish your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not really, I like working with the animals more than managing people.
Question 25 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with animals.
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