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  1. How would your patients describe you?
  2. Tell me about a time when you set a goal and achieved it.
  3. What is your communication style?
  4. What do you see as the most critical issues in pharmacy today?
  5. Describe a difficult work experience, and what you learned from it.
  6. Describe a time when you feel you made a difference in a patients care.
  7. If you weren't sitting with me, interviewing for this Pharmacist position, where else would you be?
  8. How do you build relationships when you are new to a pharmacy.
  9. How did you balance work and personal life?
  10. What is the last book you read? Tell me about it.
  11. What are your salary expectations?
  12. Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  13. How do you stay organized?
  14. Tell me about your leadership experience.
  15. Do you have any questions for us?
  16. What is the most important skill you would bring to this role?
  17. What do you know about our hospital?
  18. What are ways you deal with stress, challenges, or negative situations at work?
  19. How would your peers describe you?
  20. How do you continue your pharmacy education?
  21. What do you enjoy most about being a pharmacist?
  22. If you felt a customer was using prescribed drugs for the wrong reasons, what would you do?
  23. How would you handle a customer yelling at you?
  24. What are your long term goals as a Pharmacist?
  25. What do you dislike the most about being a Pharmacist?
  26. Describe a situation where you received constructive feedback on your work.
  27. Are you able to work shift work?
  28. Describe a conflict with a preceptor or attending physician.
  29. Why do you want to be a pharmacist at our organization?
  30. What experience do you have working in coumadin or diabetes clinics?
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Pharmacist Information
March 19th, 2017

One of the advantages to becoming a Pharmacist is that you have the option to work in various locations. Community Pharmacists typically work in chain drug stores or independently owned pharmacies. Clinical Pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Consultant Pharmacists advise healthcare facilities or insurance providers on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services. Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in areas such as marketing, sales, or research and development. As a Pharmacist you may dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. You may also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics are just a few of the areas that you will study. Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication. A few skills needed to be a successful Pharmacist are your communication skills, managerial skills,computer skills and be detail oriented.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to have you two minute elevator speech memorized. During this time you will want to talk about your education, your past and current employment and accomplishments. Practice the common interview questions such as 'tell me about yourself' and 'what are your strengths and weaknesses.' Dress professionally, bring a few copies of your resumes and references, provide good eye contact and a clear speaking voice.
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