This week Massey University Veterinary Science students asked Julie South questions relating to their first job interview & recruitment.

The questions asked and answered were: 

At 04:02

Why should we go through a recruitment agency when we can get a job ourselves – doesn’t it just cost the clinic more to use an agency and won’t they then hold that against us?   Is it money they could have paid us instead?

At 10:13

Is it okay to ask about salary at the job interview?

At 12:13

I’ve heard from several vets over the course of my placements comment that they found an experienced vet at their first job to mentor them, and that they partially based their first job decision on that. 

How should I go about this? 

Is this a common thing new grad vets think about? 

Is it important or crucial to my development as a new grad? 

At 14:41

What red flags should we be looking out for in our contracts? And what green flags would you go for? Do you have any negotiation techniques, advice to help us achieve these green flags

At 19:41

How do you balance finding a good first job with your partner’s limited work locations?

At 22:17

How would you approach asking a clinic you’ve done placement at if a job might be available? (When they’re not advertising a position currently) 

At 24:12

What things should I look out for when applying for jobs/employment contracts? 

At 26:44

Are there any hidden things that would be good to know? 

If something stated in your contract is broken by either party, does that void the contract and should a new one be written up? 

how to express your interest in a job vacancy while on placement!

and when to ask about pay rate, i.e. in first interview? 

At 29:52

What are some ways I can ask my employer for a raise in salary? 

What are some ways that we as new grads can negotiate for a better starting salary during the job recruitment process?   

At 34:41

When you are looking for your first job, how do you figure out what you’re worth? 

And how do you ensure you end up in a job where they recognise your worth (financially and recognising your abilities)? 

At 35:55

If you have an offer early in 5th year for a job that looks like a sweet deal, could you hold onto that position while waiting to see if any better offers come up? 

If so, what is a good way to reply to the firsts original offer? 

At 38:01

I started sending my CVs to different clinics and then called you, but you told me you can’t help me – I’m on my own – why is that?

Links mentioned in today’s show

Episode #019 – Employee Attraction and Retention

Episode #022 – Power Negotiating Tips – “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss

Episode #026 – Questions you can and cannot ask at job interviews and at work

Blog article:  the difference between Trial Periods and Probation Periods

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