It takes a lot of effort, and five to eight years of difficult studies, just to become a qualified pharmacist. When people finally graduate, they often face a big debt, and they can not get a job.
How can it happen? Isn’t a pharmacy on every corner?
While statistics show that the number of pharmacies has been growing in the last ten years, they also show that the pharmacy school graduates still outnumber the new job openings each year.
Recent statistics actually showed that retail stores and hospitals interviewed more than ten candidates for every single pharmacist job opening, in the monitored period. One job, ten candidates. Will it be YOU who gets the job?
Welcome to PharmacistInterviewQuestions.com . My name is Anita Stosur, and I will try to help you to prepare for your interview.
Questions they will ask
An experienced pharmacy manager, or a skilled HR person, will lead an interview with you. They will use a mix of personal, behavioral and technical questions, trying to understand your abilities, attitudes, and your readiness for the job. Let’s have a look at the questions you can expect to hear in your interview:
- Why do you want to become a pharmacist?
- What study subject did you like the most? What subjects did you struggle with?
- This job is repetitive. What would motivate you to do it well every day?
- What problematic situations can occur in a pharmacy?
- What characterize an ideal pharmacist from your point of view?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- Give an example of a time when you were overwhelmed with work. How did you handle the situation?
- Describe a situation when you went above and beyond of what was expected.
- Here is a case describing a common drug interaction. How would you resolve it?
- Imagine an angry customer, and a stupid customer. How would you deal with them?
- How would you spot drug seeking behavior? What would you do if you spotted it?
- You cannot read the prescription. What would you do?
- How would you ensure that different treatments are compatible?
- What things do you need to assure yourself about before dispensing prescription medicines to a customer?
- How do you keep your knowledge up to date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and trends in the industry?
- Do you have any questions?
- Why should we hire you?
Success or failure does not depend only on your answers to interview questions
Job of a pharmacist is not primarily a healthcare role (especially a job of a community pharmacist). It is customer service position. You will meet people, you will talk to people, you will try to help people.
We will observe a lot of things while interviewing you for a job. Do you smile? Do you talk to the point? Are you a good listener? Do you keep attention to detail? Do you have a right personality for a job of a pharmacist? Do you really want to work as a pharmacist, or do you apply just because you invested time and money into the career?
We observe (nearly) everything. You need to show motivation, and convince us that you strive to provide the best possible customer service in every moment. There really is a pharmacy on every corner. If clients are not perfectly satisfied with the behavior and professionalism of the employees in one pharmacy, they will simply go and spend their money in the next retail store…. Unless you demonstrate great customer service skills in an interview, we will not hire you.
Sorry to tell you that, buy I want to be honest with you and tell you the truth of interviewing. for a job.
References and recommendations
Some people believe it is impossible to get a job in a pharmacy without having a connection with one of the managers. A good connection can certainly help you, especially if an opportunity to replace someone presents itself, and the manager calls you to come before they organize official interviews.
Polish your old address books, give a call to a few people (former classmates), and see whether they can offer a helping hand. If they can help you, great for you! And if they can not, you can still succeed and get a job, if you prepare better than the others.
Read the answers to the most common questions, practice them (alone or with a friend), try to learn how to make a good impression on your interviewers, and try to get rid of stress. Many pharmacy graduates are unemployed, true. But many other get the job–and you can be one of them. I believe you will be one of them.
Prepare with ease, and ace your interview
For those who take their interview preparation seriously, I wrote an eBook called Pharmacist Interview Guide. If you want to read great answers to all difficult pharmacist interview questions, learn the winning interview strategies, and understand how to outclass other job seekers who compete with you for the job, you can check the book here: eBook.
Thank you, good luck in your interview.
Anita Stosur, Your Personal Interview Coach