When you send in a veterinary school application, you have to expect that you will get an interview with that school. This is why you want to be honest on your application, and you want to be able to back anything up. If you write an essay explaining your passion for veterinary medicine, you want to be able to talk about that essay and add to your thesis. There are also a few other things you should keep in mind before the interview. Indeed, the interview will be a pivotal point, because the admissions department will decide right then and there whether you will get accepted. Of course, you won’t know until you get a letter in the mail, but the admissions department will have their answer after meeting you in person.
Here are four helpful veterinary school interview prep tips.
Dress Like You Are Ready for the Part
On the day of your interview, you want to dress the part. Of course, you don’t need to wear scrubs, but you do want to wear something nice. It doesn’t matter if you are in animal medicine, or human medicine, you want to be professional. If you don’t dress the part, you may not look ready. Moreover, you want to be sure that your clothes are clean and you want to de-lint everything that you will be wearing on the day of your interview.
Know How You Are Going to Talk About Your Experience
If you have had experience in the veterinary field, or if you have interned somewhere, you definitely want to find a concise way to expand on your backstory. If you don’t have that much experience, you want to talk about the experience that you want to have. Whether you are applying to veterinary school, or if you are trying to get into USC’s MPH degree program, you want to elaborate on what kind pre-degree experience you have earned. A graduate school will want to know this information when making the decision to accept you. If your backstory is light, or if you can’t expand on your experience, it may reflect poorly.
Be Capable of Answering Simple Questions
On top of being able to talk about your backstory and your experience level, you also want to be able to answer very simple questions pertaining to why you want to go to a particular veterinary school. For instance, if you are interviewing at Emerson College, you want to be able to answer questions about why the school is right for you and how you will be able to add to the positive experience of other students.
Get Plenty of Sleep the Night Before
On top of everything, you want to be sure that you get a lot of sleep the night before your interview. If you don’t get a lot of sleep, you will be groggy and you won’t be as on point. Ideally, you want to be articulate and you want to be alert. In the end, you want to come off as confident, mature and passionate about veterinary medicine.