Pharmacy is one of the most unique job types available. Unless you pursue a degree in research pharmacists often work in retail. Yet their considerable education and knowledge makes them some of the highest paid retail jobs available.
The high salary of pharmacists make finding jobs somewhat difficult, as companies are cutting back on hiring new pharmacists in order to save money in the tough economy. Many pharmacists now work as floaters simply because companies do not want to employee full time, regular staff. If you want to compete for a pharmacist job, you need to make sure you practice answering common pharmacy interview questions.
Sample Pharmacist Job Interview Questions
- Do you have access to a car? Are you comfortable driving to multiple locations for work?
- Tell me how your education has prepared you for this role.
- Tell me about a time you have provided outstanding customer service.
- Why did you decide to pursue a career in pharmacy?
- Tell me about your rotation experiences. Which did you like most? Least?
- Here is a case describing a common drug interaction. How would you resolve the problem?
- If you were a drug, what kind of drug would you be?
- What subjects did you find most interesting when you were studying for your Pharm.D.?
- How would you deal with a difficult customer?
- How do you spot drug seeking behavior?
- You cannot read the prescription. What do you do?
- You realize that two drugs the customer is taking may interact. What do you do?
- What do you consider to be the most positive impact of pharmacy?
- What do you think pharmacy’s greatest challenges are in the future?
- What are the most important attributes of a pharmacist?
Some Basic, Few Technical Interview Questions
Despite all of your education, very few pharmacy jobs ask applicants about technical questions. It is generally assumed that you have the knowledge necessary to handle your pharmacy job, or you would not have completed your degree. It may be a good idea to brush up on your knowledge before your interview, but you should spend the most time studying more basic interview questions like the ones listed above, as well as common interview questions that are experienced at all interviews. You are not going to be able to study for most technical questions anyway. Your education should prepare you best for those questions. You may want to review common retail job questions as well.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Questions are not often technical.
- You will be asked about customer service/client relations.
- Be ready to explain why you chose the field.