Preparing for a veterinary nurse interview

Going into a veterinary nurse interview can be anxiety-inducing, but with the right preparation it’s really nothing to worry about! Carry on reading for our top tips on how to smash your next interview and secure the role.

Research, research, research

Arrive at your interview equipped with a detailed knowledge of the practice, including company values, services offered and why you would make such a good fit. It’s also worth revisiting the job description so the requirements for the role are fresh in your mind.

Test run

Ask a trusted friend or colleague to run through some potential interview questions so you can practise what you’re going to say. By no means should you write a script, but having a vague idea of the topics that could come up is always a good idea. Check out our blog on common veterinary interview questions for inspiration.

Point, example, explain… 

Did that advice take you back to GCSE English? Well, it’s still relevant – especially in interviews! Show off your veterinary experience by pointing to a time where you encountered a difficult experience, giving a real-life example and explain how you approached it and what the outcome was.

Prepared for situational interview questions

To test your industry knowledge, your interviewer will likely ask you at least one situational interview question. A good example being “Explain how you would comfort a client who has just received bad news about their pet?”. Always use the STAR method to answer these scenario-based questions.

Ask your own questions 

Remember to ask the interviewer questions at the end of the discussion. This shows that you’re passionate about the role and keen to find out more information. For example,

Be your authentic self

Last but not least, it’s important to be yourself! Go in confident in your skills and knowledge, and let your personality shine through. No one wants to hire a robot that sounds like they’re reading off a script after all.

If you’re looking for a role as a veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon, let us know and we’ll help you secure a job that ticks all your boxes! Call us today on 0203 9784 104 or drop us a line via [email protected].

We offer a wide variety of veterinary roles based across the UK and our expert consultants will guide you through every step of the way.