How do you keep up to date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and trends in the industry?

 

Pharmacist taking care of a client

New drugs are certified every day. Good job applicants should show the interviewers that they are never satisfied with their knowledge, that they ways seek improvement. Accredited continuing education classes are mandatory, and you won’t impress the interviewers with saying that you are attending them. Try to show them that you do something extra.

Do you read any vocational magazines? Did something catch your eye lately? Did they conduct any successful medical experiment? Is there a new popular drug on the market? Is there a new pharmacy chain in town? Is there a new law or regulation that affects your job, or the pharmacy business in general?

Show them that pharmaceutics is not only your field of work, but also your passion. Show enthusiasm about trends in the industry, mentioning magazines you read, and conferences you attended. That’s a superb way to stand out from the crowd of other, passive job applicants, who do nothing else than attending mandatory classes.

Sample answers

I read U.S. Pharmacist and Pharmacy Times. When traveling home from work, I typically spend about twenty minutes checking latest news on RxTimes, just to ensure I won’t miss anything important. I also try to attend a conference at the local University twice a year. I like pharmaceutics, so I enjoy doing all of these things.

To be honest, I have a family and I try to find a healthy work-life balance. Therefore, once out of work, I do not spend much time reading magazines, or doing something else related to work. However, I attend ACE classes and follow all other requirements to renew my license each year. On the top of that, I try to use every free minute in job to consult my colleagues about the latest trends, and I read pharmacy articles on the internet. I try to be a good pharmacist, but I also need a balanced life, since my performance in work would drop if I did not have the balance.

We hope we helped you

You have now read a detailed analysis of eight common pharmacist interview questions. This should help you to understand what the interviewers expect from you, and how to make a good impression on them.

If you’d like to do even more to prepare for one of the most important meetings of your life, you can check our Pharmacist Interview Guide, an eBook in which you’ll find an analysis and brilliant answers to twenty two most common pharmacist interview questions, as well as winning interview strategies.

Regardless of your next step, I wish you good luck in the job interview!

Anita Stosur,

Your Personal Job Interview Coach