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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How would your employer describe your past work?
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"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement."

The more specific you can get, the better! Take some time to reflect on your most recent role, mistakes you made and how you learned from them. Showing improvement in your performance reveals how teachable you are and that you can grow and adapt to new work environments. If you weren't consistent in your work, explain why. Your future employer will want someone who is reliable not just in showing up to work on time, but also in the way they treat customers and complete jobs.
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1.
How would your employer describe your past work?
"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement."

The more specific you can get, the better! Take some time to reflect on your most recent role, mistakes you made and how you learned from them. Showing improvement in your performance reveals how teachable you are and that you can grow and adapt to new work environments. If you weren't consistent in your work, explain why. Your future employer will want someone who is reliable not just in showing up to work on time, but also in the way they treat customers and complete jobs.
Rachelle's Answer
"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement."
2.
Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
Before you go down your list of furry and feathery friends, take a look at the website for the clinic. What types of animals do they specialize in? Even if you have worked with cows and chickens or other animals the clinic does not serve, you probably learned some valuable lessons and skills. Most vet clinics work with a range of animals that might include turtles, bunnies and birds. Each type of animal offers different challenges for a vet assistant. Since you will primarily be handling the animals to administer shots or treatments, show the interviewer how your experience will help you to be an asset to their clinic. Apply the skills you've learned from working with animals to show you are confident and capable of dealing with any kind of animal that comes through the door.
3.
Tell me about your animal training.
You may have read books and articles or received formal dog training. Whatever the case may be, you want to share relevant training related to animal handling and training. If you received any training in a volunteer setting at an animal shelter or from your education, be sure to include it! When you talk about training or education, share what you learned and how it has been helpful. Training is not required to be a veterinary assistant, but there are several medical career schools that offer training. If you are considering formal training, be sure to check with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians to find a program that's right for you!
4.
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."

Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.
Rachelle's Answer
"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."
5.
Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
Talk about your affinity for animals. As a vet assistant, you an animal lover experienced with pet sitting and caring for your own pets. Your relationship to the animals in your life tells a vet that you are compassionate. Think about setting up your example like this:

"I adopted my dog from the shelter. He was a rescue with severe anxiety. I spent the first six months training him and spending time to build a bond with him. Even though he had some bad behaviors, like peeing on the floor and destroying the house when I was gone, I learned that time and patience paid off. He is an awesome dog and I am so grateful to have him in my life."

Telling a brief story about a relationship with your pet is a great way to respond to this question. You could also talk about an animal you took care of for someone else. Talk about what you learned from the experience.
Rachelle's Answer
"I adopted my dog from the shelter. He was a rescue with severe anxiety. I spent the first six months training him and spending time to build a bond with him. Even though he had some bad behaviors, like peeing on the floor and destroying the house when I was gone, I learned that time and patience paid off. He is an awesome dog and I am so grateful to have him in my life."
6.
Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
This is a good question to think about before you go to your interview. It can help bring clarity about what your intentions are for wanting this new position. It can also help you check to make sure you're headed in the right direction. If you liked your past job because you to work with people in a hands on, challenging environment, working as a vet assistant in a clinic is perfect for you. However, if you enjoy working in an office behind a desk on a computer all day, you might want to reconsider this new role. If you were to use that as an example, I know the interviewer would be questioning if you're a good fit. When you give your answer, talk about how the elements you enjoyed in your favorite job to show how they are similar to this new position. It could be a completely different field. That's okay! Point out three key characteristics of the job that made it great. Think about how they compare to what you're looking forward to when you work at the vet clinic.
7.
How would you handle an aggressive animal?
Draw from your experience! If you haven't dealt with an aggressive animal directly, how have you observed others? When an animal is acting out, your ability to stay calm is vital! In your interview, talk about the skills you have learned that you apply in every situation with a pet. If you know techniques, ways to hold an animal and how to respond if they get scared, share them. Those little details will help instill more confidence that you are the best person for the job!
8.
What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
What's difficult for one person might be easy for another. A tough customer might be more of a challenge than chasing a cat around the office. Think of an example. Consider framing your answer like this:

"When I volunteered at the animal shelter, I had a dog that had vomited and pooped all over his cage and rolled around in it. I cleaned him up and his cage. He was a large Rottweiler mix and very sick so it was a challenge to move him as well."

To show your enthusiasm and motivation, you could follow up with your statement by saying, "I understand the challenges of being a vet assistant, but it's worth it to me. I know this experience handling animals will help me reach my career goals."

What keeps you motivated when you have to do the dirty work? Time to think about how this job fits into your career goals!
Rachelle's Answer
"When I volunteered at the animal shelter, I had a dog that had vomited and pooped all over his cage and rolled around in it. I cleaned him up and his cage. He was a large Rottweiler mix and very sick so it was a challenge to move him as well."
9.
Think of a day when you had many things to do. How did you schedule your time?
There may be a day you come into work and are told several tasks that need to be completed that day, and in addition, you will need to handle the pets of each customer who walks through the door. It could be anything from cleaning duties to administering medication to performing lab tests. Every item on your list must get done that day. How do you manage it all? Taking time to prioritize could help you get it all done faster. By choosing the items that are most urgent first, then evaluating the value of each task and the effort it will take to get each one done can help you decide which thing needs to happen at one time. If you've struggled with prioritizing in the past, now is a good time to learn! Do a little research on ways to be more efficient with your time and how to prioritize when everything is urgent.
10.
What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
This question is a good test of your knowledge about the profession. When you look over the job description, what stands out to you the most? Are you excited to work alongside a successful veterinarian who saves the lives of animals every day? Talk about how this job will help you to accomplish your goals! That's pretty appealing. Highlight a few key responsibilities that interest you and share how they will benefit you in the long run.
Rachelle's Answer
"I'm excited to get more experience handling different animals because I want to work at a zoo. The more exposure to animals I get, the closer I am to reaching that goal."
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