Dog Conducts Interview, Leaves Paperwork to Humans
Edinburgh Napier University will invite a dog into their interview process to help choose ideal candidates for their veterinary course.
By Cari Jorgensen, Edited by Samantha Meyers |
Posted: May 28, 2014, 6 p.m. PST
It's Monday morning and you're on your way to an interview at the only university in Edinburgh, Scotland, that teaches veterinary nursing. You are dressed for success and out to make an impression so that you can be one of over 400 students vying for 30 available spots. What can you do to stand out?
While this might seem like an obvious requirement for anyone looking to become a vet, the answer is a little deeper. In order to provide better insight of potential candidates, Edinburgh Napier University will be introducing a dog, Belle, to their interview process. But Belle won’t be there just to make sure the candidate loves dogs. She will also be there to test the candidate on how well they interact with her especially under the pressures of an interview.
"Having Belle in the interview room not only helps calm the perspective students but lets us see what they're like with animals," Dr. Fraser tells The Boar. "Most will rush over and cuddle and play with the puppy, whereas the odd one or two tend to stay seated," she says, according to Metro.
In the workplace, veterinarians and veterinary staff are often performing dual tasks: treating the pet and speaking with a client. The university is looking at how well candidates do when they're being quizzed on their experience, passion and qualifications for veterinary nursing while there's a dog running around the room.
"All of our students go on to have work placements before eventually taking jobs in veterinary practices, so if, at this stage, they don't cope well with a very friendly puppy then they are unlikely to get on well with a snarling 60kg dog," Fraser added, according to The Boar. "It is about rooting out these issues before they even get a foot in the door."
So what makes an ideal candidate?
Fraser told Metro that she's "happy if they're paying the dog more attention than me. It's great when a student sits on the floor and gets covered in hair. To me that's great."
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