Your initial reaction to receiving interview requests from the veterinary schools you applied to was probably utter joy and pride. However, once you start thinking about that interview, the pressure might start to fill you with feelings of intimidation and self doubt. No matter who you are or how successful you might be, everyone gets nervous about interviewing for schools and for jobs. That being said, there are a lot of different ways that you can prepare yourself for an interview so that you feel much more confident and ready when you walk in the door. Here are some veterinary school interview prep tips.
Prepare for Standard Interview Questions
There are certain questions that you can expect to be asked by admissions officers, whether you’re applying to USC Online or Emerson College. For example, they will ask how your exams are going, why you chose their school, what kind of a veterinary practice you would ideally want, etc. You should write all of these questions down, prepare your answers and then practice them with a friend or family member several times. Not only will this help you to work out the best answers, but it will also help you to work out a lot of the nerves.
Know What You’re Going to Wear
The last thing you want to do is wake up the morning of the interview and start scrambling to find something clean and professional looking to wear. You should prepare the outfit well in advance, practice wearing it while you practice your interview questions, and you should even practice the way you are going to do your hair or makeup (if applicable). This is because you want to make sure that you will be comfortable in the outfit, know if it will affect your posture at all, and you want to be cool and collected the morning of as you’re getting ready to head out the door.
Tour the Campus Ahead of Time
It’s very likely that the admissions officers will ask you if you’ve already had a chance to tour the campus. It’s not the end of the world if you admit that you haven’t, but the conversation will flow a lot more smoothly if you can point out what you’ve noticed so far. You might be impressed by the food served at the dining hall or the architecture on campus overall. Whatever it is that you notice, you want to find a way to compliment them on their school and further support your reasons for wanting to go there.
Reread Your Application
By the time you get to your interview, you may have forgotten half of the things that you wrote in your application. Your admissions officers on the other hand, will have just reread your application so that all the details will be fresh in their minds. It will be very embarrassing if you don’t remember certain things that you wrote or why you wrote them, so make sure you are ready to backup anything you may have mentioned.
Stay Up to Date on Current Events
Finally, there are a lot of controversial topics in the world of veterinary science. Animal rights is an emotional topic, and you need to know if there are any current events in the field that are making waves in the news. Subjects such as antibiotics for livestock, horse slaughter, and kill shelters are topics that you should be well versed in.