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post #1 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Interview at a riding school on Thursday - help!

I've somehow magically managed to bag a job interview at a really posh riding school on Thursday. They've invited me for a 30 minute interview with 45 minutes of yard work to follow.

I have one problem... I'm awful at interviews!

Can you think of any riding school related questions that they may ask? I get so flustered during interviews I try prepare myself as much as I can.
Also with the 45 minutes of yard work, what should I expect to be doing? I assume I may have to groom and tack up a horse... I'm trying to think of what other jobs I may be required to do!

Also...I initially planned on wearing smart trousers and shirt for the interview...but now they've said I'm doing yard work I'm going to go in jods, boots... do you think this will be ok?

Sorry for sounding so panicked... I'm just...err...panicking!

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 09:20 AM
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I'm sure they'll ask you how long you've been working with horses, can you lift up to x amount of pounds, maybe some time management questions.

I would still wear nice clothes. Do you have any polo shirts? Maybe a horse-savvy one(Ariat, Devon-Aire etcetc)
Definitely wear boots though! I would put on a nice pair of breeches too.
It's always a good idea to look good for any interview, no matter where you will be working or what you'll be doing.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 09:26 AM
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Scrub those boots up if you can.
Tie hair neatly so they can see your face and smile!

People want to employ approachable people. Horses is something you have a strong passion for. Don't yabber, think before you speak and relax; just think that both you and the employer have something in common!

Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 09:57 AM
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Whatever you wear, bring along another set of clothes and a slicker for a just-in-case scenario. That way you will be prepared and also show that you come prepared for anything. After all, anything can happen with horses!

Their barn colour appears to be green. If you have a hunter green polo, that might help. If it's a cooler day, you could wear a jacket for the face-to-face part and take it off for the hands-on portion of the interview.

Think before you speak. A correct, calm answer is better than a fast answer that you feel you need to explain or correct.
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 10:08 AM
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The questions could be anything from 'what would you do if you saw that one of the horses was lame', 'how would you handle an unhappy client', to 'if we tell you to get on an unbroken stallion, would you do it'. The important thing to remember that the answer to every question is logical, and you need to be completely honest. Let them know that you can take initiative and take orders.

When it comes to the yardwork I'd imagine there would be mucking out, cleaning tack, tacking and grooming, and groundwork. Just be confident and go into each task knowing you can do it - but don't hesitate to ask questions!

In fact, asking questions is often a good idea, as it shows you are interested in learning. Do some reading up on the facilities and the business, it could come in handy for small talk and they could even ask how much you know about them.

By looking at the website, it looks like a wonderful place. They have one of the best websites I've seen in a long time.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 10:12 AM
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I'm no good at interviews either, I get flustered and tend to speak before I think. But, as long as you remain calm and breathe, you should do alright.

Good luck!
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Best of luck!! :)
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goshhhhh I just got an email saying they want to see me ride too!

And breathe, and breathe

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I bet you'll do great.
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-14-2013, 07:17 PM
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Let us know how it goes. Good luck and as you say, breathe...
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