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Keep your eyes on the veterinary practice interview: How women differ from men in the hiring process
If you have trouble with constant turnover and filling open positions, take stock of your communication—especially when it comes to women


Better interviewing

There are many things to consider when interviewing. Mountains of articles have been written about the process. However, if the interviewer does not pay attention to the communication style of the person across the table, everything else goes out the window. Remember that this is less about gender and more about behavioral tendencies. Consider these points when interviewing candidates:

> Salary is important, but that discussion should be toward the end of the interview.

> Being cute is not always well received and usually misunderstood.

> Meaningful dialogue is only genuine if both parties engage each other with their eyes.

> Allow candidates to relate situations from previous employment.

> If you talk more than the candidate, you will learn very little.

> Integrate interviews with conversations with your staff when possible.

> Allow hospital employees to help you interview to gain perspective.

> Finally, when you hire that next veterinarian be sure to mentor the candidate and allow him or her to interact with you in meaningful discussions.

This article is not autobiographical, but I see a little bit of John Sanders in myself and many men that I know. Working with people—especially women—in the workplace requires a purposeful attempt to think about the other person's feelings and expectations. This goes the other way as well.

I've noticed that men like to talk about the weather and sports. This is because a lot of men are terrible when it comes to meaningful conversations. And thus men have trouble interacting with long and purposeful discussion. Men want to fix things quickly and go on to the next problem.

I find myself trying to end most phone conversations after the purpose of the conversation has ended. This is not necessarily a masculine thing—it's often a learned behavioral expectation. But these things are changing quickly and for the better.

Dr. Lane is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He owns and manages two practices in southern Illinois. Dr. Lane completed a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1996. He is a speaker and author of numerous practice-management articles. He also offers a broad range of consulting services. Dr. Lane can be reached at


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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