Pharmacy Tech Job Interview Tips

An interview with the prospective employer is the last obstacle to overcome when trying to get a pharmacy tech job.  This is something many dread, but with the right preparation and a confident attitude, the interview can be the start of a great new career. Here we'll look at some tips for a successful interview.

1. Be prompt!

Nothing creates a worse impression on an employer than being late to a job interview. Make sure you get to yours on time. It's usually advisable to be there about ten minutes early. If you've never been to the interview location before, make sure you "scout it out" and know exactly where it is.

2. Appearance matters

Although you'll be wearing "company gear" as a pharmacy tech, you still want to look professional for the interview itself. Dress conservatively and avoid any excessive jewelry, make-up, perfume or cologne. If you're wondering if a certain item of clothing is acceptable or not, err on the side of caution and don't wear it.

3.  Body language

Make sure your body is also sending the right signals during the interview. Enter the interview room and make strong eye contact with the interviewer. Give them a firm handshake. Above all, avoid a fidgety appearance. It's OK to be a little nervous but don't look as if you can't wait to get out of there. Sit up straight and keep your feet on the floor. The overall impression you want to give is confidence.

4.  Hypothetical questions

The interviewers will ask some questions that set up a "what if" scenario. These are designed to see how you would react in certain situations. You'll want to think before answering and the interviewers expect this. Examples of questions that might be asked are:

  • A customer says you have given them the wrong drug. How would you respond?
  • You're under a lot of pressure with a lot of customers waiting and get a prescription that's hard to interpret. What would you do?

5. Background questions

You will also be asked questions to see what kind of person you are. Some may simply confirm what you put on your application, others may dig a little deeper. Again, think before you answer. Some of these questions might be:

  • Tell us about a time you had to make a critical deadline.
  • Why did you choose pharmacy technician as a career?

6.  Ask questions

The job interview is an opportunity for you to find out more about the company. Don't be afraid to ask a few questions of your own. It shows you are interested in the position. However, avoid asking about salary unless the interviewer brings the subject up.

7. Prepare with research

Do a little research on the company you are interviewing with. Find out what their policies and procedures are. You can usually use the internet to find out this information. You may even find examples of interview questions used by that employer!

8. Practice makes perfect

See if you can practice with a "mock" interview before the "real" one. Use a friend or relative to help. It may feel awkward at first, but it will definitely help you feel comfortable in a "real" interview.