It takes plenty of effort and six to eight years obtain a qualification of a pharmacist. One really spends a lot of time at school and once he finally finishes, he finds himself in a pretty big debt… After all the effort and money invested, many people do not get a job of a pharmacist, because of oversaturated job market. One may ask: How it is possible? There is a pharmacy on every corner , isn’t it?
Many new pharmacies are being opened every year, that’s true. However, there are still much more graduates from this field than the market can employ. On the top of that, once a person gets a job in a pharmacy, he or she typically keeps it for many years. So there are not so many new vacancies, at least when compared to other fields of healthcare employment. Statistics shows that approximately ten applicants are interviewed for every single job opening of a pharmacist. One job, ten candidates. That is a simple math. On the pages of PharmacistInterviewQuestions.com, we will try to help you to be the best of the ten applicants and get a job. Welcome!
What will happen in your interview?
Job interviews at pharmacies and hospitals have typically a pretty good quality. Interviewer is an experienced pharmacist, or an HR person specializing on this field. It cant be any otherwise, because it is a sensitive field. Interview questions are personal, behavioral and technical. Interviewers inquire about various specific situations that can happen to pharmacist in his daily job, as well as about opinions and attitudes of the applicants. Let’s have a look at the specific questions they typically use.
- Why do you want to become a pharmacist?
- What did you like the most on your studies? What subjects did you have problems with?
- This job is repetitive. What would motivate you to do it well every day?
- What problematic situations can occur in a daily job of a pharmacist?
- 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 it?
- Describe the time when you went above and beyond what was expected of you?
- Here is a case describing a common drug interaction. How would you resolve the problem?
- Imagine an angry customer and a very stupid one. How would you deal with each one?
- How do you spot drug seeking behavior? What would you do in such a case?
- You cannot read the prescription. What would you do in such a case?
- You realize that two drugs the customer is taking may interact. 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 any customer?
- How do you keep up to date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and trends in the industry?
- Do you have any questions?
- Why should we hire you?
It is not only about your answers to interview questions
In order to succeed in a pharmacist interview, you need to realize one thing. It is not a medical position. It is primarily the customer service position. You meet people, you talk to people, you help people. Or at least you should do so.
Therefor, interviewers observe a lot of things while you reply to their questions. Do you smile? How do you act? Do you communicate clearly enough? Do you speak to the point? Are you a good listener? Can you keep attention to details? Do you have a right personality for becoming a pharmacist? Are you motivated to have the job, or do you apply for it only because you have invested your time and money to studies?
The interviewers observe everything… In order to succeed, you need to present yourself in a right way, as a dedicated and motivated professional who strives to provide the best possible customer service in a pharmacy or in a hospital. Nowadays, there is a pharmacy on every corner. If patients are not satisfied with the behavior and professionalism of the employees, they will just shop nearby next time. Employers know it and test your customer service skills in an interview.
Personal references and recommendations
One time I heard that it is impossible to get a job of a pharmacist without a right connection. Well, to believe to such a statement is ridiculous. Yet, there is a little truth in it… A connection can help you a lot, especially to take a place of someone retired or someone planning to leave. You should not underestimate the power recommendations. It is time to polish your old address book, give a call to few people and see if someone can give you a helping hand. If yes, it is great. If not, you can still succeed with the help of our website. Enjoy your reading!
PS: Once you read other articles on this website, do not forget to have a look at our Pharmacist Interview Guide from Anita Stosur, where you will find multiple brilliant answers to all interview questions presented on this website, as well as winning interview strategies. Thank you!