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Local pet sitters appear on CNBC’s ‘The Job Interview’

Caroline Murphy, right, and Renee Ventrice of Woofie’s appeared on CNBC Dec. 27. Facebook/Woofie’s
Woofie's, an Ashburn-based mobile pet sitting, dog walking and grooming business, was featured on CNBC's nationally televised show “The Job Interview” just before the new year.

Caroline Murphy, director of pet sitting services, and Renee Ventrice, mobile pet spa director, said their company was approached by the network to be on the show. After going through a brief vetting process with the show's producers, the two were flown to New York in August to conduct interviews with prospective employees and film the segment.

“The Job Interview” is in its first season in the U.S, and is based on a British show of the same name. It is designed to showcase prospective employees who are going through the interview process and see how people react under pressure.

The interviews took place in a room with 20 “hidden” cameras, which made it seem more authentic, Murphy said. They interviewed four candidates who were pre-selected by the show's hiring agency.

“You almost forgot the cameras were there,” she said of her experience, which aired Dec. 27.

The interviews were not scripted and were based on original questions Ventrice and Murphy developed. They were not required to hire anyone at the end of the show – however, then ended up finding a couple of great candidates, they said.

“We hoped for some interesting answers – and it was very entertaining,” Murphy said.

One applicant used profanity while answering a question – a big no-no for potentially being hired, Ventrice said.

“I tell people to be authentic and know what you are talking about by being able to back up your points,” Ventrice said.

Ventrice and Murphy agreed the experience was “really cool,” and they enjoyed being a part of the show.

“I'm really comfortable in front of the camera and I focused on making the candidates feel comfortable. Everyone was really nice and it was a lot of fun. The producers were our cheerleaders every step of the way,” Ventrice said.

“It was a great opportunity for our company,” Murphy said. “People don't always realize how serious our business is. It is a 24/7 business taking care of people's pets, and hiring can be a challenge,” she said.

Murphy said they have already received a lot of attention and emails inquiring about their services, and they are expecting to have a lot of growth this year.

“It was quite an experience and fun to see the results,” Murphy said.

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