Veterinarian School Interview
Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. What was the reason behind this, and what was the outcome?
How to Answer
If your interviewer asks you to give an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty, they are not necessarily interested in the example itself. Instead, they want to ensure that you are the type of worker that will work hard to get the job done properly, rather than just to get the job done. Additionally, they want to know what your definition of 'going above and beyond' is. Because the interviewer is most interested in ensuring that you have the quality they are looking for, your answer should focus on that quality. In this case, you should focus on dedication and hard work.
"At my last job, I was given a project and the expectations for it, but I knew that the minimum requirements were not going to get the job done properly. I had to work weekends, but I did it how I knew it had to be done. That is how I define 'going above and beyond': doing what needs to be done and not just what is expected of me. "
5 Community Answers
"In my genomics course in college, my teacher instructed us to search genetic sequences in a large database for our class. However, he only asked us to set up our searches in the format needed for the program to search. It would take a few hours per search, and it was near the end of the semester. Because of this, I did my best to help my teacher by downloading Linux for the program, learning how Linux runs programs, downloading the genetic databases onto my computer, and searching my genetic sequences as well as my classmates' to help my teacher get through this assignment."
This is an excellent example of going the extra mile! What this response is missing, however, is the outcome. What occurred as a result of your efforts? What was the outcome of this situation?Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"When I was working within a group to prepare science-based lessons for primary children, the plans weren’t being made and lessons organized. So I decided to find ideas, plan the number of materials needed, create a rota, and organize group meetings to ensure the lessons would run smoothly. My group wasn’t as enthusiastic or interested as I’d hoped, and did not meet deadlines, so I took matters into my own hands."
The fact that you took matters into your own hands shows a lot of initiative, confidence, and leadership capabilities. All of these are critically important qualities for a Veterinarian to have as well! This was a good example to use.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"While working at my first job as a pizza cook/manager, I had to do what would benefit the restaurant. One day one of my coworkers did not show up to work. Since I opened the restaurant at 8 a.m., this individual would have been closing. The coworkers and I finished the dinner service, but since I was the manager, I stayed to close the restaurant because I did not think it was fair to ask them to stay. I worked a 16 hour shift that day to help the restaurant and my staff. My boss was very proud that I took responsibilities as a manager and did not try to get out of it."
It's very nice that you did what you felt you needed to, on behalf of your employer and staff. Your answer shows a lot of integrity!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"Doing what needs to be done and not just what is expected is a big part of going above and beyond. I did this a lot in school. When I took organic chemistry in college, I knew that I needed to improve my overall chemistry understanding. I worked day and night on my labs and study materials. I made the highest grade in the class on every exam, and I achieved an A in the class. From this, I learned needed study skills and confidence in my ability to get things done when I set my mind to it."
An excellent example of doing more than was expected of you to achieve the best possible outcome. You must have felt very proud of your accomplishment!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"At my last job, at Sephora, I was under no obligation to learn the uses of all of the ingredients or which products were best for different skin types, yet I wanted to so that I had a better understanding of my job and I was able to provide the best service for customers with relevant and correct information."
This example is a good one! Nice work. I have reworded slightly, for impact.
"When working for LUSH, I was under no obligation to learn the uses of all ingredients, or which products were best for specific skin types. I wanted to learn this information so that I could better serve my customers. So, I took the time to learn about the dozens of products and ingredients in our most popular products."Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!