This study explores experimentally the flows driven by precession in an oblate spheroid, in the vicinity of the possible resonance with the tilt-over mode. Two main phenomena are reported, combining observations and velocity measurements. First, a hysteretic cycle is quantitatively described between two uniform vorticity solutions, in good agreement with the historical analytical study of Busse (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 33, 1968, pp. 739–752). We then address the destabilization of each branch at low enough Ekman number. We confirm the possible presence of a so-called conical shear instability, recently depicted in the sphere by Lin et al. (Phys. Fluids, vol. 27, 2015, 046601) and in the spheroid by Horimoto et al. (Phys. Rev. Fluids, vol. 5, 2020, 063901). However, available measurements in the accessible parameter range are not sufficient to definitively discard an elliptical or shear origin of the excited instabilities in the spheroid, as first introduced by Kerswell (Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., vol. 72, 1993, pp. 107–144).