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Preparing for Your Travel Pharmacist Interview

If you’re looking for work as a traveling pharmacist or pharmacy technician, take note: the interview will be similar to a “regular” interview, but with a few key differences:

  • Your interview probably will take place by way of video conferencing (via Skype, for example). This can be a bit unnerving if you haven’t done it too often – or ever. So it’s a good idea to see if you can practice with a friend or trusted advisor.
  • The problem with video interviews is that it’s harder to build rapport with your interviewer. Understand this and take it into account as you meet with the interviewer.
  • Even though the hiring manager probably won’t be able to see what you’re wearing below your mid-section (if not just below your shoulders), it’s a good idea to dress professionally. Even if you just put on a shirt/blouse and blazer, doing so can help keep you in that professional, this-is-an-interview mindset. That said, it really is best to dress head to toe in a professional manner.
  • If meeting in person, or if interviewing via phone or Skype, have a few copies of your resume/CV with you. You can give it to your interviewer(s) or you can at least refer to it during a phone or video interview.
  • Smile. This may be harder on a video interview, but make the effort. Smiling will help build rapport, show that you’re enthusiastic about the opportunity and make you come across as personable.
  • Practice interviewing, even if the interview will be an in-person meeting. This can help you anticipate typical interview questions and get over nerves.
  • Don’t forget to ask questions yourself. You should have researched the travel staffing service or the assignment pharmacy/hospital beforehand, but it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your interviewer questions like, what his or her goals are for the position, if he or she anticipates the assignment stretching longer than currently stated, what the interviewer’s primary goals and challenges are for the assignment, and so on. This shows interest and professionalism.
  • Follow up after the interview. As easy as this is to do today, it’s amazing how many people forget this important step. Get your interviewer’s e-mail address and as soon as possible after the interview, send him or her a thank-you note, one that talks about at least one thing that was brought up in the interview, and how you can help solve the problem. If you interview with more than one person, send a thank-you e-mail to those individuals, as well.

If you’re a pharmacist or pharmacy technician with at least two years of recent professional pharmacy experience, MedPro Healthcare Staffing wants to talk to you! Take a look at our many pharmacy travel positions and, if one piques your interest, send us your resume/CV.