Pharmacy Technician Interview Questions: Eight Things to Prepare For
July 1, 2014
•SBC-Brooklyn Center, Pharmacy Technology, General
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If you're a recent pharmacy technician graduate, spend some time rehearsing your answers to frequently asked interview questions before you meet with a potential employer about a job. It's only natural to feel a little nervous, but preparation can ease your anxiety, boost your confidence and help you make a good impression. Also try to relax, resting in the knowledge that your Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Pharmacy Technology has equipped you well for the role. Here are some pharmacy technician interview questions you may encounter:
1. Why Do You Want to Work for Our Company?
Research the company and pay particular attention to its values and mission. Tailor your answer to the company's characteristics, and show why you believe you would be a good fit for the position.
2. Why Do You Want This Type of Pharmacy Technician Job?
Think about aspects of the job that would differ from pharmacies in other health care settings, and explain how your personality, interests or skills would make you well suited for it. For example, if the position is in a retail pharmacy involving customer contact, you could mention you enjoy interacting with the public.
3. How Do You Deal With Difficult Customers?
This is an important question, as the interviewer will want to know how you handle stressful situations. Anyone who has direct contact with customers represents the company, so emphasize that you will remain calm and courteous while solving the problem. You also may be asked to share an experience you had with an aggressive customer and explain how you responded.
4. What Do Coworkers Say About You?
Relate complimentary remarks that specific people have made. For instance, you could say, "My former manager, Mr Williams, said I went the extra mile to ensure a job was done right."
5. Why Did You Want to Become a Pharmacy Technician?
Instead of talking about the perks, discuss how it is a good profession. You could express your desire to be of service to the community through being a part of the health care team.
6. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
This is a common question, so have an answer ready that will reassure the interviewer that you won't leave if things aren't completely to your liking. Avoid saying anything negative about your former boss or place of employment, or you may be perceived as being difficult.
7. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
Like the previous question, this is frequently asked and can blindside you if you aren't prepared. One approach would be to mention a weakness you are working on and, as a consequence, has greatly improved. Another strategy is to turn a negative into a positive. For example, admitting you can be a little obsessive about triple checking everything leaves the impression that your work seldom contains errors.
8. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
Before a company invests time in training a new employee, they want to know the worker has a commitment to their job and plans to be there long-term. Talk about how you can picture yourself with the company in five years and how you plan to stay current with the latest developments in your profession.
Aside from the above questions, you may be asked about how you would go about performing various tasks that are a part of your job. Practice discussing these procedures as well, so you can come across as being organized and competent.
As with most things in life, preparation can make a big difference in the outcome of a job interview. In planning your answers to pharmacy technician interview questions, the key thing to remember is to stay positive throughout the process. Your next interview could lead to the job offer that launches your exciting career.
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