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Old 08-07-2013, 12:01 PM
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Default A "Not" Interview: Suggestions? Advice?

So I've been sending out my resume to a bunch of places and I heard back from this great Daycare/Training facility. The owner said he doesn't have any openings right now but asked me to come by and talk to him anyways.

I'm going tomorrow for my not interview and I'm so nervous. I fell into my pharmacy job and have been there 7 years so I've never had to DO this part. And on top of it it's not even a real interview, seems more like a "Let me see if I like you because we might have things in the future."

I know a lot of you on here work (or have worked) in similar places so I would love any and all advice on things to say, things to not say, things to do, things to not do etc.

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Old 08-07-2013, 12:28 PM
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Don't blow it like I'm pretty sure I just did at my interview. LOL that's my oh-so-helpful advice.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:35 PM
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Be confident, friendly, yourself. I was hired someplace that wasn't hiring because the guy just really liked me. I walked in to give him my resume and the next day he called and said "I know I told you we weren't hiring but can you come in for an interview?" And he offered me a job on the spot after we talked. Sometimes if you just make a big enough impression people find room for an additional employee. The fact that he reached out to you even though he's "not hiring" right now is a good sign, I think.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:54 PM
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Attire: I'd go with being neat, clean, and practical/professional. It's not a formal interview so no need to dress to the nines -- with this sort of job you want to look like you have it together aren't afraid to pitch in and use your hands.

Attitude: Relaxed, focused. Confident yet flexible, a team player. You enjoy working with others but can take initiative too. Same attitude as when you train your dogs: light-hearted yet with clear purpose. You can work with people as well as their pets. You have customer service exp as well as dog training; you're used to group dog dynamics from the park as well as managing a household of familiar dogs of different personalities. You're a hard worker who is well organized (can't be disorganized in a pharmacy after all...!).

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Old 08-07-2013, 01:06 PM
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I got a job somewhere that wasn't hiring by expressing my desire to work there, giving solid reasons (it was a craft store; I'd shopped there my whole life, and it was close to home and school), being cheerful, smiling a lot, making eye contact, that sort of thing. I wore a clean, new looking, utilitarian sort of outfit that fit well, made sure my hair was neat, and I'd imagine this would be the same sort of gig.

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Old 08-07-2013, 01:15 PM
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This happened to me with my current daycare/boarding job!

I inquired about working there, they said they didn't have any openings. I told them a little bit about my experiences and such, said if they had anything in the future, or knew of anyone looking to hire to please let me know. They emailed me a week later asking me to come in and talk.. Next day I had a trial day and now I work there three times a week.

Just be confident, talk about your training and experience with the dogs. I know more about dog behavior and stuff than my boss, so when he was giving me tips about dealing with dogs I was just kind of like . I got brownie points for knowing how to deal with shy dogs (thanks Rider and Lucy!), and getting a lot of the nervous ones out of their shell was one of the turning points in the "interview" I think. Just be prepared for several ranges of personalities and a lack of training on dogs and you should be good.

You will do great, obviously. Good luck!
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:44 PM
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Be yourself! They'll love you!!!

That's all the helpful advice I have :P
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:56 PM
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I did a few "informational interviews" when I was job hunting. I dressed cleanly, but was ready to do hands on if needed (i.e. polo and khakis) and basically interviewed THEM about their company, culture, work environment, etc. and slipped in lots of bits about my experience and personality where I could. None of those got me a job there, but it did get the network going and ended up getting me an interview elsewhere because the person who I talked with knew someone who knew someone.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:34 PM
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Ok, now I'm not sure if you guys made me more nervous or not knowing that this is more of a real interview rather than a not interview

I'm trying to not get my hopes up too much but they have agility, flyball, dock diving and trick classes. Almost all the places I've looked at in the area are "Balanced" with a side of "Why would you use treats when you have a prong collar?" and it would be so nice to work in a place I could take classes in.

My biggest worry is that while I have experience in a multiple dog household and lots of going to dog parks that I won't have the experience they want for the daycare/day training. What are working interviews like in those places?

Also, nice jeans should be fine right?

I've never been more grateful than I am right now that I've worked in retail for the last 7 years because before this I was super shy and now I find it really easy to talk to people. I think it's the only reason I'm not totally freaking out right now.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:51 PM
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(i.e. polo and khakis)
This is the GO TO interview attire for most places. I've been told you can never over-dress for an interview, but you can also never go wrong with khakis and a polo. If nice jeans are all you have, then go for it, but if you own a pair of khakis or can obtain a pair, then go with khakis. If the pants have belt loops, be sure to wear a belt. Tuck your polo into the khakis. Wear nice but comfortable shoes in case they have you do stuff (I'd be SO tempted to go for VFFs. Not sure it would go over well with every place, though...but people at the zoo LOVE them lol)



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What are working interviews like in those places?
It can vary a bit place to place, but basically...you go in and you work and you see how it goes. At the clinic we don't let those doing working interviews handle animals for liability reasons, but we certainly have them clean cages and stuff. At the zoo my working interview was training (hands-on everything) because it was more of a "See if you actually like this work" than "See if we actually like you" sort of thing.



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My biggest worry is that while I have experience in a multiple dog household and lots of going to dog parks that I won't have the experience they want for the daycare/day training
You have dog experience. You can read dog body language. You're probably better for the job than most people that already work in that sort of job. You'd be amazed how many people working with dogs can't read dog body language.



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I've never been more grateful than I am right now that I've worked in retail for the last 7 years because before this I was super shy and now I find it really easy to talk to people. I think it's the only reason I'm not totally freaking out right now.
For all the crap I've had to deal with at the clinic, I feel the same way about that place. It definitely gave me more "people skills" over the last 7 years.


And finally, GOOD LUCK! You can do this
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