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Richard Lonsdale

Richard Lonsdale

Veterinary Recruitment Director - recently celebrated 25 years in the recruitment industry.

How To Win At Interviews

I’ve been helping candidates win the job offers they really want for the last 25 years. 

In a time of increased competition for quality staff, many job seekers put up too many barriers or criteria before they’ll consider a new opportunity. If you do this, you run the risk of missing out on the opportunity you really want because you haven’t invested the time it takes to meet for interview. 

It’s only after interview, when you’ve been offered the job and understand the conditions, you can really know if the job is right or isn’t right for you. 

Until this time, you don’t have a decision to make.  You remain one applicant amongst the applicant pool. Once you have the job offer, you are in control. 

Only then do you have a decision to make about the job in question – to accept the offer or keep looking for something else.

So, how do you gain control?  You win at interview!

Here are my “Top 10 Tips”.

1) Arrive on time.

We will make sure you have the correct address and postcode for the interview location. Plan your journey and leave extra time. If you are driving consider if the time of day you are travelling may affect your route and think about parking – you may need coins for the car park etc. If you are going by bus or train there may be connections you need to make – you may have to walk or get a taxi to the practice.

2) Know who you are meeting.

We will make sure you have the name of the person you are meeting, their role at the practice and the practice web address. It’s a great idea to research the practice – you will get lots of information from the practice website and social media.  Using LinkedIn to find out about your interviewer will enable you to explore shared views and interests.

3) Dress appropriately

In the veterinary sector, most first interviews are quite informal and usually the expectation will be for you to arrive in smart casual clothes and normal work attire is fine if attending straight from work.

4) Smile & Eye Contact

A warm smile and a friendly handshake go a long way toward establishing a good first impression and rapport and good eye contact show that you are confident and personable. Most people that conduct practice interviews have no formal interview training and are often a little nervous too. 

5) Be yourself

Be prepared to talk about you – career, qualifications, interests, hobbies etc. Think about your skills and attributes that will benefit your potential new employer and be positive.

 6) Paperwork

It may help to take a copy of your CV and also certificates and written references. This may help to prompt you during the interview and make you look prepared and organised. A pen and notepad are also useful to make notes about points discussed that you may forget later.

7) Questions

Listen carefully during interview and answer all questions concisely and honestly.

Prepare the questions that you want to ask.  This shows you are planned & ready for your interview and interested in the job.

8) Confirm your interest

Be honest…If you think the position is right for you confirm your interest and tell the interviewer. If you have any doubts, express them as your interviewer can provide more information to you and hopefully clarify any uncertainties.

9) Thank You

At the end of the interview – thank the interviewer for meeting with you and if you have enjoyed the interview and are interested in working with them shake their hand and tell them.

10) Follow up

It is important to speak with your consultant to discuss the interview and how you wish to proceed. This will enable things to progress smoothly whatever the outcome.

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