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  • (Woman) Well, welcome.

  • (Man) Thank you.

  • (Woman) Um why don't you start out today by telling me a little bit about yourself?

  • (Man) Sure.

  • My name is John Smith, I'm a student at the University of Minnesota.

  • I'm currently working towards my Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.

  • Um while attaining my degree, I've developed animal handling skills

  • while working as a volunteer at The Humane Society.

  • I've also developed Veterinary Medical skills while working,

  • while job shadowing a Livestock Veterinarian,

  • so I'm planning to graduate in the spring of 2012

  • and afterwards, I'm hoping to go on and become a veterinary assistant

  • so my long term plans are to go on to vet school,

  • become a veterinarian and eventually own my own clinic

  • and the reason I'm applying to the internship and your vet clinic

  • is in order to further utilize my education in Animal Science

  • and my passion for working with animals.

  • (Woman) Great.

  • What are some of your strengths?

  • (John Smith) I would say that my two main strengths are my attention to detail

  • and my organizational skills.

  • My attention to detail I developed while working as a hospital sanitary technician.

  • It was my job to go in prior to any surgery and clean and prepare the surgical room

  • and the equipment before they did a surgery

  • and so I knew that if I didn't clean and sanitize everything properly

  • that a patient could get even sicker from my negligence

  • so that really motivated me to pay close attention to what I was doing

  • and developed really good habits that ensure close attention to detail.

  • My organizational skills came from working years as a manager at Target.

  • I had to manage five employees, create schedules, track inventory,

  • so all those things really demanded good organizational skills.

  • Also maintaining databases, keeping accurate records,

  • all while going to school full-time also demanded organizational skills.

  • So I think those two things would be my strengths,

  • my close attention to detail and my strong organizational skills.

  • (Woman) Okay.

  • On the flip side what are some of your weaknesses?

  • (John) I would say that the biggest weakness in regards to this position

  • is the fact that I've never worked in a vet clinic before

  • so were I to be hired I would have to learn the different roles of the vet clinic;

  • the roles of the employees and kind of how everyone works together

  • in order to make the clinic run properly.

  • However I am a quick learner and I also think I have a number or experiences

  • that really helped prepare me for this type of job.

  • As I mentioned I did job shadowing with a livestock veterinarian,

  • so I already have some experience with veterinary medical procedures

  • with the medications and a few techniques.

  • My work as a sanitary technician helped prepare me

  • for working in a sterilized medical environment

  • and my work as a manager at Target showed me how teams work together

  • and how specialized roles can come together to accomplish a group goal.

  • So while if I were hired I would have a little bit of learning to do

  • I also think I have a number of positions that have really helped prepare me

  • for this type of position.

  • (Woman) Describe a time where you've had to complete multiple tasks

  • in a short period of time.

  • (John) Sure. Well last December I was going to school full-time

  • and I was working at Target part-time

  • and I was also the acting treasurer of the Animal Science Club

  • so finals were approaching for school, Target was ramping up its inventory

  • and hiring new employees to get ready for the holiday rush

  • and the Animal Science Club was getting ready to do a big fundraiser

  • so all of these things were demanding more time from me

  • and I knew that if I wanted to accomplish them all

  • I would really have to get organized and effectively manage my time

  • so my strategy was to actually use the calendar on my Smartphone

  • to manage my time and make sure that I gave proper attention

  • to everything that I needed to get done.

  • So I prioritized whatever I needed to get done according to the deadline.

  • I estimated the amount of time that it would take to accomplish each task

  • and then I blocked out that amount of time on my calendar, on my phone,

  • and this allowed me to manage my schedule at any time

  • and also to make sure that I was following the plan that I created.

  • Wherever I went I would always have my phone on me so-- and I also created--

  • alarms in order to remind myself what I should be doing at that time

  • just in case things got hectic and I needed to be reminded.

  • This really allowed me to effectively manage my time

  • to give proper attention to each task that I had to get done

  • and the result was that I got a 3.3 GPA for that semester,

  • we raised over $5,000 for the Animal Science Club

  • and I was also awarded the Outstanding Manager of the Holiday Season for Target.

  • (Woman) Okay.

  • Can you describe a time when you've been in conflict with a co-worker

  • or a team member and how you handled that situation?

  • (John) Sure. Well in my small animals class, we were assigned to a group

  • and given the responsibility of researching and writing a report

  • on a small domesticated animal.

  • My group decided to split up the different sections of the report

  • and have everyone do an individual portion,

  • then bring everyone's portion together to form the final product.

  • So we did that and when it came time to put everyone's parts together for the final report,

  • it was obvious that one team member, who I'll just call James,

  • didn't do his part up to standard.

  • It was obvious that he didn't put a lot of time or effort into it

  • so myself, the other team members, we were kind of upset

  • that we had worked so hard on our portions but he hadn't

  • and now our grade would suffer because of it.

  • But rather than confronting James, I took him aside,

  • away from the other group members and asked him what had happened.

  • So I listened to him as he explained to me that he wasn't able to put

  • as much time into the report as he would have liked

  • because he had some very legitimate personal issues going

  • on so he apologized to me and I sympathized with the situation

  • and I offered to help him finish his part of the report.

  • So we analyzed what needed to be done, what was left to be done.

  • We divided up the responsibilities and then we collaborated on the finished product

  • and we actually ended up getting it down that same day and getting it handed in on time.

  • So the result was that we got an A on the report with compliments from the professor.

  • (Woman) Okay.

(Woman) Well, welcome.

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