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 and always work on improvement of their skills. Accredited continuing education classes are mandatory, and you won’t impress the interviewers with attending them. Try to show them that you do more than the other applicants.

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 that affects your job, or the pharmacy business in general?

Show them that pharmaceutics is not only your (desired) field of work, but also your passion. Show enthusiasm about trends in the industry and mention 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 except of 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. What’s more, 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 too much time reading magazines, or doing something else related to my job. However, I attend ACE classes and follow all the other requirements prescribed in this state 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, otherwise my performance in work would drop.

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