From being realistic about the salary to swotting up about the company, Stephanie Bateman finds out some top tips for nailing an interview for a job in the equestrian industry

Searching for newly employed graduates in the equine sector, it soon becomes clear that there are far more people trying to kick-start their careers than those happily settled in secure positions.

Hannah Wild set up Supplement Solutions, an online outlet, 10 years ago and often employs graduates.

“As an equine degree holder myself, I understand the difficulties,” says Hannah. “I ended up working as an equine groom for a year after I graduated, followed by a series of office jobs, before setting up my own equine business five years later.”

Hannah believes graduates need to be realistic about their salary expectations in the equestrian industry, too.

“Many new equine graduates expect a starting salary of £20k or a salary in line with other graduates, but the equine industry is not a place to earn high wages,” she explains.

“The hard part is getting your foot in the door. You may have to accept a lower salary to start with, especially as most graduates are happy just to get a job in the industry.”

So how do you go about getting that vital foot on the ladder?

An employer’s tips for applications and interviews

1. Follow instructions — if the advert says post your CV and covering letter to a given name and address, do exactly that.

2. Always include your full contact details.

3. Adjust the covering letter to suit the particular role.

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4. Use common sense, show initiative and don’t be shy.

5. Find out more about the role before you apply.

6. Learn about the company before your interview.

7. Be prepared for the interview and be yourself. Be honest, too — if you decide it’s
not for you, say so.

8. Make an effort with your appearance, be on time for interviews and show you are interested.

9. Be confident about yourself and show what you could bring to the company.

10. Work out the logistics of travel and/or accommodation if you were to be offered the position.

11. Be realistic about salary and wages. The equine industry is not particularly well paid.

With thanks to Hannah Wild of Supplement Solutions