Empathy equals interview success

Written by: vet times jobs
Published on: 9 May 2017


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When preparing for a veterinary interview, you have to consider what your employers will be looking for. There may be many others applying for the same role – so what can you do to make sure you stand head and shoulders above other candidates?

Your qualifications and work experience may be similar, so you need to think about why you want this role, how to portray this, and what you can offer the company.

Let your personality shine

It is important to reveal aspects of your personality throughout the interview.

Potential employers need to know the type of person you are, and whether you will fit in with existing employees. They will want to know you are capable of working with others, will be dedicated to the company, and be able to display accurate decision making in an emergency.

All of these are standard skills, but regardless of whether you are applying as a qualified vet, nurse, or front of house receptionist, it is likely they will value empathy towards others.

Empathy is vital

Skills are crucial, but empathy is equally vital. While your chosen role will require many skills, if you lack empathy, you will lack the ability to connect with the clients and their beloved pets.

Being able to offer kindness and connecting with owners, as well as pets, is an integral part of the role. Any pet owner will tell you the importance of having a kind and supportive person at the surgery, as this can make a traumatic time a little less so.

In the interview process, it is wise to show you care and allow this aspect of your personality to shine through.

Delivering on all levels

Remember, everything is in context. Your potential employers want to hire someone who fits into the business and who adds rather than detracts from this environment. They want someone who can slip into the role and make it their own.

Without empathy, you could fail to deliver on some levels, so don’t be afraid to allow these feelings to show as it may make all the difference.