7 Job Interview Faux Pas to Avoid When Interviewing for a Pet Care Position
Relax. Job interview etiquette is important but it’s not something you have to stress about.
Your job interview as a pet care provider, pet sitter or dog walker can go smoothly if you have your ducks in a row, your T’s crossed and your i’s dotted.
You don’t have to commit the proverbial, faux pas in your job search!
Job Interview Etiquette Is Important In All Professions
Professional job interview etiquette is important in all professions: before, during and after the intervieew. For people that ‘get it’ and get it right, they’ll be much better off in their chosen career path. Do you want to be one of those people or one that constantly is looking for work?
Here’s some 7 simple etiquette issues that you should take a look at if you’re interested in working with sit-stay-play.
Let me first by defining the word etiquette. It’s a noun and defined as: “The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group, according to Oxford Dictionaries“.
So in saying that, consider these issues…
Here Are 7 Things To Consider
#1: Attire. I’m old school. I find it appropriate to dress up for any interview, regardless of what type of job you’re applying for. We know you’re seeking a job working with animals but dress is important.
#2: Hand-shake. If you don’t shake my hand firmly and give a wimpy hand shake, that might say you’re not very assertive or interested.
#3: Smell. If you come to the interview reeking of cigarette smoke or body odor that shows us that again, you don’t care enough about your appearance (and smell) to hold off on taking that last hit or shower before your interview. Also, if your hands smell like cigarette, I won’t be happy.
#5: Eye-contact. If you don’t make eye contact and get nervous while speaking to me, that says you might have confidence issues, be shy, have authority figure issues or you get nervous when speaking face-to-face with someone. This isn’t a deal breaker but is something I consider.
#6: Knowledge. If I ask what you know about the company and you give a blank stare or say, “Well, I haven’t been on the website for a while,” that puts up a bright red flag. You don’t care enough to research the company, see what it stands for, what services they provide, what its mission is then are you wasting the interviewers time. Take the initiative to learn about the company, have some questions to ask the interviewer.
#7: Attitude. If we are making small talk and you keep looking away, fidget or god-forbid, start texting, this shows that you could really care less about being here. Show enthusiasm, take part in the conversation and take initiative!
Furthermore, when applying for a job in the pet care profession it’s important to remember that your interviewer will look at your experience with animals, they’ll look at the way you treat animals, especially your own pets. They’ll ask you numerous questions about how you’d handle situations you might face when it comes to animals in your care. (If you’ve been charged with animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal neglect or not charged but commit any of these actions, you’re not acting as a caring pet parent and discredits you from working as a pet care giver with our company.)
Hope the above tips on job interview etiquette will help our future applicants. It’s really rather simple and in a nutshell here it is…
- Dress nice
- Smell nice (or at least fragrance free)
- Come prepared
- Know your stuff
- Know our stuff
- Ask questions
- Be assertive
- Be positive
- Be yourself
We provide pet care services in Muncie, Anderson, New Castle, Pendleton, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Brownsburg, Indianapolis areas are are looking for outgoing, fun, assertive people that love animals and have a passion to work with them.
Keep cool and carry on,
Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
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